And now, behold, bound by the Spirit,
I am on my way to Jerusalem,
not knowing what will happen to me there
Dark and mysterious though they may be,
God’s ways are still all wise and good.
A noted physicist once said that because of the development of atomic weapons “We live at the edge of mystery.” That seems a most appropriate phrase to ponder today, for we do not know what joys or sorrows are awaiting us.
Have you ever considered how gracious God is to withhold from us knowledge of the future?
My thoughts today are centered upon a missionary couple and their five children.
They eagerly anticipated returning to the foreign field, but in the meantime were enjoying the days of fellowship with their dear ones and friends. Later we heard that their two youngest children had been drowned in a boating accident!
Had they known in advance that these little ones would soon be taken from them, their happiness of the intervening weeks would have been marred.
In their time of sorrow, the Lord will give them grace for their trial;
and the joy He brought them through these children will be a precious memory.
Not knowing what tomorrow will bring also makes possible pleasant surprises and gives us opportunity to exercise our faith and live in a Christlike manner.
The apostle Paul did not know exactly what awaited him except that he would endure “bonds and afflictions”; but he wasn’t discouraged, because he believed in living one day at a time (Matthew 6:34).
▪︎ As we enter a new period in our lives
▪︎ As we enter new situations in our lives
Let us face each hour without anxiety for tomorrow, and be grateful that we have the grace of God to sustain us while “we live at the edge of mystery.”
Be still, my soul thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past;
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
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