Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on November 24, 2013 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

Worship the God who holds your life in his hands.

 

There is perhaps no better reason to be in awe of God than to realize that he alone numbers the days of your life. Our lives are too often based on the premise that tomorrow will come. But tomorrow comes only if God has determined that it will. I have no guarantee or entitlement regarding tomorrow. Yet I find that I live as if I do. If I have a problem with someone I think if can fix it tomorrow. If my relationship with God is not what it should be, I think I can make it better tomorrow. If I need to change my priorities I can do that tomorrow or the next day.

 

It is not wrong to plan for tomorrow and seek to honor God with my plans. But I must also remember that whether or not I have tomorrow has been determined by God. So, I should follow James’ challenge to realize that my plans will only happen if God has willed them to happen.

 

The Psalmist says:

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:16

 

My life is set by the loving providence of God. He is the one who should have my attention, my worship. It is foolish to think that tomorrow will happen just because I want it to. I pray my worship of God will know no bounds. My life is in his hands. I pray that I will have the courage to live out that truth.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.