Going Forward Together: Day 7

It’s ”the economy, stupid.” This phrase can be traced back to James Carville, who was a strategist for Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential bid. The story goes that Carville posted a sign around campaign headquarters with three phrases, and the one about the economy one was the most memorable.

In order to keep the campaign on target, Carville hung a sign in Bill Clinton’s Little Rock’s campaign headquarters that read:
1. Change vs. more of the same.
2. The economy, stupid
3. Don’t forget health care

Although the sign was intended for an internal audience of campaign workers, the second phrase became a de facto slogan for the Clinton election campaign. It soon became the rallying cry for the Clinton campaign and later entered pop culture. Carville was right, like most Americans of voting age in 1992 who cared deeply about their finances, much has not change almost thirty years later.

“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.

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.

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

Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand But I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand.”

Ira Stamphill was an accomplished musician and minister. On April 23, 1939, he married Zelma Lawson. Zelma, a minster’s daughter, was a gifted musician who played piano by ear and accompanied her parents on a local radio program. For years, Zelma traveled with Ira and joined him in serving the Lord as they shared the gospel in one crusade after another.

However, life was not perfect and Zelma eventually became disillusioned with the life they had created. Zelma eventually decided that ministry was not for her and left Ira. Ira was devastated and continued to try to reconcile with her, remain true to his vows and forgive her. The couple divorced on October 7, 1948, after almost a decade of marriage. Sadly, Zelma died in a car accident on February 12, 1951. During the years of separation, divorce and Zelma’s death, Ira is said to have sunk into a deep depression. “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” was written during this difficult and trying time in Ira’s life.

I don’t know what the economy will be like in 2021. But this I know; I know the one who holds tomorrow. Put your confidence and trust in God.
Philippians 1:6, declares; “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (NKJV).

Prayer Target:
• Pray for economic recovery. We all know how Covid-19 has affected the health of the global population. It has also had a devastating impact on the economy. One way we are going forward together is by praying for a stable and healthy economy.
• Pray for wisdom and discernment for economic leaders to make righteous and good decisions.
• Pray for business owners in our church family and community.
• Pray for the health of our local and global ministry partners.
• Pray they recovery from a reduction of financial support. They are all facing difficult challenges.
• Pray for the recovery of Local Churches.
• Pray for the financial health of small membership churches.
• Pray for revival to come through the local churches.
• Pray for all the seeds God has planted through our social media platforms to grow and produce new and faithful followers of Jesus.

Posted in Prayer & Fasting Week.