The Christian message is Christ come, Christ coming, Christ contemporary. He has come in grace, He is coming in glory, He is with us now. George Muller had on his desk a motto of two words, AND TODAY, from that great verse, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Most of us believe in Christ come and in Christ coming, but we are weak on the middle span of that all-encompassing verse, Christ contemporary. “…lo, I am with you always,” is not a promise, it is a fact – not “I will be with you” but “I am with you all the days, including today.”
CONFIDENCE AND CARE
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I Peter 5:7
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
Alas, we reverse the process: we cast away our confidence and carry all our care! It is His desire that we roll all our burden on Him and be careful for nothing. But we are so cumbered with ourselves that our minds are never free to be occupied with Him. If we can let Him take care of our problems while we attend to His work, we shall find our hearts free from that friction that cuts down our service to such a bare minimum. We get so little done for Him, our production is so pitiful, because everything goes into “overhead” and oiling the machinery. Most of our time and energy go into carrying what God asked us to cast on Him. And our confidence, the one thing He said to keep, we cast away.
You keep your confidence: He’ll keep your cares!