• Pastor Stephan Hurkens

I Believe in Tomorrow

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

The heroes of history and poetry may be cruel, violent, self-seeking, ruthless, intemperate and unjust, but they are never cowards frightened by what tomorrow may bring. They do not falter or give way. They do not despair in the face of almost hopeless odds. They have the strength and stamina to achieve whatever it is that they set their minds to do. They would not be heroes if they were not people of courage and of confidence in tomorrow.

…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13,14 NLT

Whenever we become discouraged about the present and the future, the best tonic can be found in history. The longer Israel was away from Egypt’s suppression, the sweeter became the odor of garlic and onions. They misunderstood the past and some people desired to go back to Egypt. , In other words, back to bondage.

Others desired to go back to the past as an escape from the responsibility of the present. Israel did not cherish the responsibility of fighting battles and running the risk of defeat. Life would have been far easier if Israel had done nothing in the past and avoided the responsibility of the day. Or so they thought.

The past teaches us that problems have always been there and always will be, until the day Jesus returns. We have political problems today – but so did people in the past. Labor problems occur today as they did in the past.

Being pessimistic limits God’s activity to our generation. God works on a large canvas and takes a long time to complete His masterpieces. We do not discount the serious problems faced today, but we recognize the long painful journey of the human race and this helps us maintain faith, courage and hope with which we can better face our problems.

I believe in tomorrow because of the faithfulness of God’s promises. The Psalmist says in Psalm 121:8 “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Nlt.

“Tomorrow is as bright as the promises of God” is an old saying, but it is still true.

As a Christian, you need not fear for tomorrow. In God’s eyes and in the light of His promises, fearing tomorrow is an act of faithlessness.

But as Christians, we turn our back on our past and place our future completely in the hands of Jesus Christ. You, too can say, “I believe in tomorrow.”

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