Boasting about Tomorrow

The wise king Solomon wrote: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Pro. 27:1). It is very easy to get comfortable with the things of this life and to devote oneself fully and completely to its daily pursuits. In doing so, we often feel that we have all the time in the world for our desired projects and activities.

It is often natural for us to brag about some great thing we are about to do, or some trip we are about to take; but Solomon’s proverb is a word of caution to us all, for we do not really know what tomorrow holds. It has often been proven that the end of life can come to anyone, at any place, anytime and we can never know when that time might be.

James wrote about it this way: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (Jam. 4:13-16).

Let us be very careful about how we approach tomorrow, for there are no guarantees we will be there to see it. The rich fool illustrates a man who basked in his riches, but forgot about God, and lost it all at the pinnacle of his life (Luke 12:16-21).

Finally, let us ensure that we focus our efforts in life toward obedience to God. While we may live many years and have many opportunities to do what is right, our only guarantee is right now. Take advantage of what you have before you today.

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