Trusting God with Today

I need encouragement today to counter speculations about tomorrow.  C.H. Spurgeon shared the following in a 1892 sermon–words from the past, to comfort us in the present regarding the future:

“Whatever we may say about what we mean to do, we do not know anything about the future.  The apostle, by the Spirit, speaks truly when he says, “You know not what shall be on the morrow.”  Whether it will come to us laden with sickness of health, prosperity or adversity, we cannot tell.  Tomorrow may mark the end of our life; possibley even the end of the age.  Our ignorance of the future is certainly a fact.

Only God knows the future.  All things are present to Him; there is no past and no future to his all-seeing eyes.  He dwells in the present tense evermore as the great I AM.  He knows what will be on the morrow, and He alone knows.  The whole course of the universe lies before him, like an open map.  Men do not know what a day may bring forth, but Jehovah knows the end from the beginning.  There are two great certainties about things that shall come to pass–one is that God knows, and the other is that we do not know.”  1

How then shall we live?”

asked Francis Schaeffer in his book of the same title.  I look to the Word, the only sure anchor of wisdom for answers:

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things what are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  2 Cor. 4:18

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:6,7

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Col. 4:2

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty or riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy;  to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed!”  1 Tim.17-19

“Gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:13

“But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” Jude 21, 21

Jesus summed it up for us:

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these (needful) things will be added to you.  Do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:33,34

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27

“These things I have spoke to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

So for tomorrow and its need, I do not pray,

But keep me, guide me, hold me, Lord, just for today.”    1

 

C.H. Spurgeon sermon #2242, Feb. 7, 1892, Metropolitan Tabernacle, UK.

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