I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW                                            written in 1950

The Story

Ira Stanphill (1914-1993) had an international ministry as a singing evangelist and writer of about 400 hundred gospel songs. But, in the 1940s, he felt his ministry might be over. His wife had walked out on him, and he felt his life had been shattered. He had an exciting ministry in a large church and school of music, but now he was wondering if he should give it all up and get out of Christian work altogether. He sank deeper and deeper into depression.

Then, one day, he began humming a tune. He didn’t know where it came from. Then he started putting words to the tune… words about not knowing what the future held but knowing the God who holds the future.

When he got to church that day, he rushed to the church piano and started writing this hymn. He hadn’t written anything during the months of his depression, but now the words and a melody were flowing out of him. And, suddenly, he felt at peace.

His questions about life were not all answered, but he was content to leave the unanswered questions to God.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – trust the God Who has the answers to the questions you may be asking.

I don’t know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to grey.
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.

CHORUS:
Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand,
but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter as the golden stairs I climb;
every burden’s getting lighter, every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining, there no tear will dim the eye;
at the ending of the rainbow where the mountains touch the sky. (Chorus)

I don’t know about tomorrow; it may bring me poverty.
But the One who feeds the sparrow, is the One who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion may be through the flame or flood;
but His presence goes before me and I’m covered with His blood. (Chorus)

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