The Bible says in Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Many years ago, a group of travelers traveled west during the early spring. In this group was an elderly minister who had made this trip before.
Because of torrential rains, many of the creeks and waterways they encountered were flooded and difficult to cross. As they made another rainy camp one night, they began discussing a large river that they expected to come to the next day. Most in the group did not think they would be able to cross safely.
Finally, after much discussion, they asked the minister what he thought. “Well, gentlemen,” said the preacher, “I have learned never to cross a river until I reach it.” With that statement, he headed for his bedroll and fell asleep.
There is a Bible verse that goes along with this wise man’s statement. Matthew 6:34 says, “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.”
The Bible is telling us not to waste time being anxious about things that we cannot control. Each day brings with it cares enough on its own. The future is in God’s hands and needless worry about tomorrow only makes us miserable today. Someone put it this way; “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
What problem are you worrying about? First Peter 5:7 encourages us this way; “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Take a few minutes and pray about the situations in your life and ask the Lord to help you with your worry. Trust Him to take care of you.
Loving God is a great subject but loving Him extends beyond mere verbal assent. We need to realize that love expresses most clearly in our actions. Men, your wife or girlfriend like to hear about your love, but if you never show it, they will eventually stop believing. The love for God in a Christian will display itself in one way or another.
Love for Christ produces faithfulness. You say you love God but rarely show up to worship Him at His house? If this writer rarely goes home to his wife, she is not going to feel truly loved. If you rarely show up at church will Christ feel truly loved? Again, love produces faithfulness.
Love for Christ produces fellowship. The more love that we have for Jesus Christ, the more we will want to fellowship with Him. Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” If we fall in love with Jesus, we will also enjoy the company of those that also love Jesus. I John 4:20, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
Love for Christ produces fullness in our joy. The closer one gets to Jesus, the more joyful one will become. You cannot draw close to the Man of Peace without experiencing peace! The challenge for this Valentine week is not just to talk about our love for God, but to go out and show that love in our walk. Whenever you see a young man or young woman in love, it always affects their actions. They do their best to stay close to the one they love. Our world needs some Christians that will so fall in love with Jesus that there is a definitive change of action.
The Rural Texas Pastor sharing some encouraging thoughts from a small East Texas town.