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I know Who Holds Tomorrow

Saturday - August 8th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: James 4:13-15

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:38-48


You do not know what tomorrow will bring.

What is your life?

For you are a mist that appears for

a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14

If you had your morning coffee today, you might have noticed the steam over your cup when the coffee was first poured. Then, a few moments later, the steam was gone. That is the image James gives us in James 4:14. Your life is like that steam on that cup of coffee - "appears for a little time and then vanishes." In light of all eternity or even the span of human history, our lives are incredibly brief. Add to that the fact we don't control all of the variables that shape our lives -or even our day. Life can be frustrating. The uncertainty ahead can paralyze us.

The Scriptures tell us we should trust God with tomorrow. Over the last couple of years during worship services at Calvary, we have sung the song, "I Will Look Up." At the heart of the chorus, the lyrics say, "I will look back and see that You are faithful. I look ahead, believing You are able." Love the perspective that brings. I still find myself at times trying to control the variables regarding tomorrow. It never works. Not being able to see what will happen in our kids' lives in the years to come, if we will get that promotion, whether bulls or bears will control the markets, or whether that cancer will take a loved one's life; all of it is impossible to know from our human perspective. The unknowns of tomorrow can overwhelm us today - if we let them.

Tomorrow can root fear deep in our souls. It can make us worried about waking up to what it might bring.

Recently, someone sent me a YouTube video of a family of talented musicians who have had great success in their own nightly show in Branson, Missouri. The Petersen family sings a song about trusting God with our tomorrows. Below you can read the lyrics and watch the Youtube video of them singing, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." If you like bluegrass music, you will enjoy other songs by this gifted family.

As you think this week about life ahead, read these lyrics or watch this video again (the song is available on Spotify and other music resources). Let God remind you that anything and everything you face tomorrow will be Father-filtered. He will only allow what you can handle as you walk with Him.

You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you can know the One Who holds tomorrow!

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

I just live for day-to-day

I don't borrow from the sunshine

For its skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future

For I know what Jesus said

And today I'll walk beside Him

For He knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow

I don't seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds my hand

Ev'ry step is getting brighter

As the golden stairs I climb

Ev'ry burden's getting lighter

Ev'ry cloud is silver lined

There the sun is always shining

There no tear will dim the eye

At the ending of the rainbow

Where the mountains touch the sky

Many things about tomorrow

I don't seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds my hand

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ira F. Stanphill

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc


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