Leight Hearted Babble

What will tomorrow bring?
March 17, 2010, 10:24 pm
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

– James 4:13-15 (ESV)

What if tomorrow is the worst day of your life?

Better yet, what if tomorrow is the last day of your life?

This is a question that I ask my students sometimes. It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then because we all like to pretend that we know what tomorrow is gonna bring when, in reality, we’re not promised our next breath. And, even if the next breath comes it may not be pleasant.

I came home this evening to learn that a dear friend had passed away unexpectedly. He was only in his late 40’s and seemed relatively healthy. He left behind a wife and son who’s in college.

It’s times like these that I remember that I’m not in control and I’m not really sure what tomorrow will bring. I make my plans and prepare for life, but when it comes down to it, I can’t say with any level of certainty what’s around the corner.

So what do you do with that? How do we live life knowing that tomorrow could be the worst day of our lives?

All we can do is acknowledge that we are ignorant and weak, but God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good. Let us trust in Christ who told his disciples in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

As we plan our days, let us do so with a humble heart knowing that God alone controls the length of our days. Let us also look to the future with the peace that comes from knowing that Christ has overcome the world.

Life, while uncertain, is not hopeless!


Spurgeon on…
March 13, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith, Spurgeon

…the weakness of the church and God’s ability to sustain the victory:

“You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; ‘for the battle is the Lord’s,’ and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defense, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His church.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I have to admit there are times that I shake my head in discouragement when I consider the state of the American church. And I confess that I am, at times, part of the problem.

This word from Spurgeon, and the truth behind it, gives me comfort and encouragement.

Video killed the radio star…
March 12, 2010, 11:18 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, random thoughts, scripture

…and Google killed the Yellow Pages!

It’s the time of year when whoever delivers the phone books is delivering the phone books. This leads me to ask the question, “when’s the last time I used a phone book?”

With Google so easily accessible from my computer or Blackberry, it’s been several years since I actually thumbed through the phone book to find a phone number or address. (Random thought: I wonder if my alphabetizing skills have been hurt by this fact.)

I wondered if phone books were good for anything anymore. So, I decided to Google it and I found out you can use an old phone book for lots of things. You can stack them to make a footstool or exercise step. You can tear out the pages to use as a table cover during messy crafts.  If you’re OCD, you can make a cool pen/pencil/marker organizer. Or, my personal favorite, you can carve the face of your favorite celebrity in them.

The thought that the phone book is obsolete and will soon be useless led me to rejoice in this truth…

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

(Isaiah 40:8 ESV)

Think on that for a moment and rejoice with me.