Our Bible reading is from Romans Chapter 8 verses 31 and 32. St. Paul writes
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also along with Him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
A lot of people like to keep diaries. Imagine that a diary has been kept of your life and every day of your life there’s been a page written down of what happened in your life that day. Sometimes the things in those pages may not always be so great. But for the most part because they’re past and behind us those pages and all the history in our diaries those pages really can’t hurt us in a sense anymore even though certainly they’ve influenced our lives today.
But what often intimidates us are the blank pages ahead in our diaries the blank pages ahead where we wonder about “well how long is God going to allow me to live?” “How are things going to go in my life?” “Will I keep my job.”? “Will I have health problems?” “What’s going to happen to my family?” It’s those blank pages in the future that often intimidate us and sometimes can make us feel a little bit afraid.
But here’s what God has done. Because of his great love and mercy for us through the work of Jesus Christ, God comes to us and he brings the last chapter of our life and glues it into the back part of your diary of your life diary. And it is a chapter that describes your entrance into heaven through faith in Christ, living with the angels forever more, feasting at the feast of salvation, living in perfect joy where he will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
And then God says to you and me: okay, look at all those white pages between your life right now. This page you’re on right now. And between that final chapter. I want you to trust me that I will take care of you through those years ahead, through those pages.
St. Paul is really using here the argument from the greater to the lesser. He’s basically saying if God has taken care of the greatest problem you and I could ever have and that is what’s going to happen to me into eternity, what’s going to happen to me after I die. If he’s been so fantastic and great and strong to take care of that greatest issue in your life certainly we can trust him to also take care of and handle for us the lesser things that are going to be coming up in this life, until that day comes.
So as the Book of Proverbs says: trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Amen.