The often used line “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future” is in the chorus of an Elvis Presley song titled Known Only To Him. It was written by Stuart Hamblen, and recorded and released in October of 1960 as part of the album His Hand in Mine. The big hit from that album was Mansion Over The Hilltop, just in case you are curious.
I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future! What a wonderful assurance that is, to know that our future is being held in God’s hands. I am not about to delve into predestination here, that is a bit much for this blogger on this hot and humid afternoon, but I will say that I do believe that my future is in God’s hands. Trust, faith, and assurance are all wrapped up in that one line. Hymns with reassuring lyrics such as Blessed Assurance, Trust in Him, and Because I Know He Holds the Future, all come to mind when I think of the future and where my faith is.
Where does faith in the future come from? I imagine it can come from many places for many people. For me, it comes from the Bible. In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:25-26, 34. Jesus repeatedly uses the phrase “do not worry” here. He is instructing us not to worry about basic needs in life or our future.
Earlier in the same chapter, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray by teaching them The Lord’s Prayer; “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:9-15. Jesus was not just sitting down chatting; he was teaching his disciples how to live, how to pray, and why not to worry. He was giving them the tools they would need for their future.
As I sit and write this afternoon and think about worry, the line to another song comes to mind. This one, maybe more familiar, is by the artist Jewel; the song is Hands.
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we’re all OK
And not to worry ’cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won’t be made useless
I won’t be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
Jewel ends her song with these words;
We are God’s eyes
We are God’s hands
We are God’s hands