Light a Candle! (07.12.05--Tomorrow--John 21:18-19)
You know what is the best thing about the future? The way things have been going lately I have no doubt. The best thing about tomorrow is that tomorrow only comes one day at a time.
We’ve all had times in our lives when what we feared the most was what we couldn’t see but was sure to be there when we woke up tomorrow. For some it is more of the same that waits for them. They didn’t enjoy it today and tomorrow would be no different. For others it was what was altogether new and untested. Whatever the case, worrying about tomorrow is for many a national past time. A writer once put it that if we spent half the time in preparation for tomorrow as we do fearing being unprepared, there would be no tomorrow to worry about.
What makes tomorrow so fearful at times is, frankly, what we know today. It’s today’s sorrows and woes that color our understanding and anticipation of tomorrow. If we could but unlink tomorrow from today in terms of potential, we’d probably be a whole lot better off.
One day in 1789, the sky of Hartford, darkened ominously, and some of the representatives in the Connecticut legislature, glancing out the windows, feared the end was at hand. Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Colonel Davenport, speaker of the House of Representatives, rose and said, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore, I wish that candles be brought.”
We spend so much time worrying abut tomorrow, fearing for what may or may not be there, that we often forget that a Christian has nothing to fear in the day or the morrow as long as we remain faithful to the calling that God has given us. Rather than fearing what is to come, we would be much better off taking comfort in the fact that nothing happens to a child of God without our Lord’s faithful hand guiding it first.
The Apostle Peter is a good example of someone who might have had good cause to worry. Jesus had just prophesied that he would give his life for his Savior. Throughout his ministry, Peter not only knew this, he also knew the type of death he was to suffer, crucifixion. Yet, instead of being fearful, Peter chose to work as long as there was day, to light a candle and do his duty. In this present darkness it is far better to be a light, that others may be shown the way.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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