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Do not worry about tomorrow

Do we worry about tomorrow? Jesus stated: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” [Matthew 6:34]. One glance at the news bulletin either on TV or internet one could be mistaken in believing that this verse does to belong to our time. Putting aside the violent attacks on marriage and those married, along with violence against those that believe sex belongs only to the estate of marriage (and therefore only between one man and one woman) as the Bible commands, the corruption wherever we turn let alone the abject greed of our society, willing to place out great grandchildren into debt for a few pleasures today; and along with in evitable crash of the Australian economy built on the presumption that greed is good – where commodities are purchased and discarded with total disregard to the economic and environmental costs to this and the next generation – putting this to one side - we look with utter horror of the violence (the horror more pungent, since the advent of the internet) in Africa, the Middle East and much of south east Asia[1].

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Materially, socially and politically the west is where everyone wants to be – but for those with any spiritual discernment, the west is absolutely spiritually dead. It has completely replaced a relationship with God (and indeed any god) with a relationship composed of pleasure and material wealth. The former is fleeting, the latter, is discarded as rapidly as the new model is produced.[2] God stated: “So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.” [Psalms 81:12]. This being reason why the world is in such a mess.

The backdrop to this is the abject cruelty of man being played out, yet again, in the theatre of community – and also yet again it is men and not women, and it is not soldiers but evil men of a regime that cares nothing for life (of a religion that does not acknowledge love, but built from the very beginning on violence). And it’s not a theatre of war, but the ordinary streets and fields of Iraq. And yet we westerners are very quick to forget the same atrocities were played out by ‘decent and civilized’ men in Warsaw, to name but one place of the holocaust, which took place in our parent’s life-time. It has also been played out in Russia, China and Rwanda to name a few in recent times. Yet for a Christian none of this should be surprising. One only needs to read the Bible to understand that "the heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). The same awful things we see on our internet were played out in the land of Canaan some 2500 years ago, by those who knew but rejected God and who swapped the truth for a lie.

For a safe and functional civic society, two rules must be obeyed: The community must love the Lord God Most High (with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength), and each must love one’s neighbour as one’s self. These are the golden rules that Jesus Christ, the son of God gave. This of course requires the acknowledgement of God; which is not going to happen – the purpose of Darwin’s theory was to provide the world with an acceptable framework in order to create a philosophy that did not need to acknowledge God, and in particular Yewah. This was forewarned more than 3000 years ago: as the Psalmist writes, in recording a conversation between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed [Psalms 2:1-2].

The civil war in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, the Sudan, and Nigeria etc. is against the Lord God Most High; being played out in the name of religion. In every single case, there is no acknowledgement of the Holy One. This will however come, but it will take the coming of the Judge to reveal the hearts of people for what they are, and those who have (note the tense) rejected the Son of God will be thrown into hell, that is, cast into outer darkness in a place called hell where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” [Matthew 25:30].

I draw your attention to the tense – to be saved from the coming wrath of God, who will come to deal with the greed of the west, the abject cruelty and lack of acknowledgement of Yewah and His Son by Islam and the wickedness of all men who reject the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah, we must acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, now, before it is too late: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” [Romans 10:9]. The offer of salvation by Jesus Christ is time limited – eventually (and soon, I believe) God will withdraw the offer and punish those who have refused it.

I am saved: I know this and am certain of this – indeed guaranteed of this (something no other religion can boast), and therefore I have no need to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow is but an infinitesimal portion of time – those that are saved from the coming wrath of God are assured of heaven, so what happens materially in the coming 24 hours is nothing compared with the eternity with God the Father. Furthermore, God the Father, although surely pained by the abject spiritual poverty of the world, will give strength to all who love Him to get through the next 24 hours – He might not take away the pain, nor the suffering (the sin of man assures us of suffering), and noting “indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” [2 Timothy 3:12] - but like a true father, He will walk the next 24 hours with me and you, if you let him, each step of the way.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34

A hymn I heard a few moments ago gives refreshing hope for the next 24 hours

There’s Not A Friend Like The Lowly Jesus

There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! no, not one!
None else could heal all our souls’ diseases:
No, not one! no, not one!

Refrain:

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide ’til the day is done:
There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! no, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! no, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! no, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! no, not one!
No night so dark, but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! no, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! no, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! no, not one!

Was e’er a gift like the Saviour given?
No, not one! no, not one!
Will He refuse us the bliss of heaven?
No, not one! no, not one!

Johnson Oatman (1856-1922)


[1] The posturing by Russia is not part of the same agitation found in the equatorial belt, the latter being peculiar to Islam, the former to Russia – both situations however are spoken of in the Bible.

[2] As an aside, it is noted the latter is not possible when our debts become too burdensome – the cost of housing has consumed the ability of Australians to purchase and discard motor vehicles in the way they do with mobile phones, leading to a crash and total demise of the motorcar industry in the country – structured in a way that relied on the cycle of purchase and casting off in order to keep up with fashion. As a scientist familiar with dynamics, I believe our economy is incredibly unstable, and chaotic – and only by the grace of God has Australia circumvented, till now, the woes of the 2008 crisis.

David L Simon
Posted: 22 Jun 2014