I know who holds the future and my hand

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand
- Ira Stanphill
 
This morning you may know the results of the election. This column was written before the election.
So how do you write an election day column without knowing the results?
I talk about what I do know. I talk of who is the same yesterday, today and forever — Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8).
My Lord and Savior is on the throne. That does not change with the election.
 
Future what-ifs
 
Our country is likely headed for some dark times. A second Great Depression could occur, regardless of who won the election.
It can be scary. My wife was asking her mother how to can vegetables the other day. (I’m not sure a garden we worked would yield that much.)
I could buy buckets of freeze-dried food, but how long would the stockpile last? (If you’ve never eaten freeze-dried food, it tastes as delicious as it sounds.)
I own a gun. Do I need more guns and ammunition to protect my family?
What if the guy I didn’t vote for won the election? What if he shuts down the country? What if my job goes away under the strain?
 
I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand.
 
I’ve done everything right financially — we’ve got a rainy day fund, a no work income fund, a college fund and a retirement fund. I’ve even started to save for my daughter’s future wedding and a down payment on her first car.
What if that all goes away tomorrow? What if all that hard work means nothing?
 
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. - Proverbs 16:9
 
Regardless of who is president and who controls the House and the Senate, everything I work for will return to dust someday. Could it be sooner than later?
 
After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. - 1 Timothy 6:7
 
Whether the Capital Projects Sales Tax passed or failed, groceries are going up. It’s not to the point of gouging, but I know you’ve noticed about $50 more for groceries per week and no fast-food combos under $8.
What happens when you can’t afford to eat? Many already experience hunger pains. What happens when the whole country does?
 
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? - Luke 12:22-26
What about my health? I can get sick. Nothing can stop that. And many of our ailments are fatal. Do I live in fear?
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. - Proverbs 4:20-22
 
Conclusion
 
I need Jesus. We all need Jesus.
He’s more precious than gold. I need to start trusting Him more than my money.
I’m getting older. I’m overweight. I can and will get sick. My health will decline.
I do need to eat better. I do need to exercise. Most important, I need to trust Him.
They say the only thing we have to do in life is die and pay taxes. Our lives and our possessions —that’s what most everybody is concerned with.
What if our concern was focused more on loving God and people?
That kind of thinking could change the world.
 
‘And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-31
 
Greater is He who is in me than the evil in the world. (1 John 4:4)
 
I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand.
 
(Whitmore is a sinner saved by grace. It is his wish that others will find joy and peace in Jesus Christ. Email: publisher@clintonchronicle.net.)

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