4/14/16: Keep Your Head Up


As­sem­blies of God pas­tor, sing­er, and Gos­pel song­writ­er Ira Stanphill composed the words and music to the beautiful hymn “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” Enjoy the first verse and refrain here:

I don’t know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow,
I don’t seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.

We don’t know what all Ira was going through, but just before he penned those words, I bet he had been reading Luke chapter 12 in which Jesus teaches about focus and priorities to a crowd who must have been worried and bothered about a lot of stuff. The takeaway message of this chapter is, “Hold your head up.”  How can you accomplish that when so much is troubling you? First of all, focus on your value. Start by realizing you are of value to God. Luke 12:7 (NKJ) says, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” And Luke 12:24 (NKJ) reads, “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”

Second, prioritize what you seek. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:29-31 (NKJ), “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” Here, Jesus basically tells us to stop trippin’. The fact that God is aware of our needs presupposes that He can and will do something about them. He’s not just up there in Heaven, forlornly shaking His head and wringing His hands saying, “My, my, my, look at all the trouble my child is going through. Sure hope she makes it.” No, God’s got your situation under total control.

So, if you feel out of control, let go of the wheel. Simply stop trying to have your hand in everything and be guided by God’s hand. Heads up; seek Him. He will take care of all of the rest.


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One Response to “4/14/16: Keep Your Head Up”

  1. Whenever I feel down or face difficult situations I stop and reflect upon Prov 3: 5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight”. At other times i need to completely realize that God is God and I am not.

    Instead of asking, “Why God?” I must ask, “What is God trying to teach me in this situation?” God and only God can convert our past failures into future good. Only God determines the future. The best each person can do is to live moment by moment in obedience to God’s will while asking Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us live pure and holy lives.

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