Consider the Lillies: God’s Cure for Worry

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” Matthew 6:25-31 (KJV)

Ira Stanphill was an Assemblies of God pastor and song writer. He wrote more than 50 popular songs, including “Mansion Over the Hilltop,” and “Room at the Cross for You.” But Pastor Stanphill also experienced personal tragedies. Imagine the impact on a pastor when his wife left him for another man. In the middle of his grief and depression over this loss, God gave him the following song:

I don’t know about tomorrow,

I just live from day to day.

I don’t borrow from its 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 is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow

I don’t seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds my hand.

We don’t know why things happen as they do. It is easy, and in some ways natural, that we become frustrated over events that seem to make no sense and are beyond our control. Though we pray for our political leaders, our hope is not in politics, but in Jesus. Please say with me, “I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”