Boasting about future plans is never good. Ask Peter. He boldly declared to Jesus: “I’ll even die for You, but I won’t deny You.” (Read Matthew 26:31-35) We recall the sad reality. He did deny Christ, and his boasting is a solemn reminder to all of us to not be so sure of what we’ll do and what we’ll not do in the future.
King Solomon wrote: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1) Ask the person who has experienced a tragedy. Ask the one who just received an unwanted, perhaps unexpected diagnosis. Ask anyone who suffered a sudden loss. They would all agree with James, the half-brother of Jesus, who wrote: “I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money. You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that. As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil.” (The Message)
The message is clear. Let’s not arrogantly think we own tomorrow, because we don’t. Trusting God for all of our tomorrows is the best plan!
Prayer: Father, Thank You because You reminded us again that our future is in Your hands, and help us to never live as though we own tomorrow.