What Will Tomorrow Bring?
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” – Proverbs 27:1
What are your plans for tomorrow?
“What will tomorrow bring?” has a much more serious meaning these days. With the way 2020 is going, that may be a scary question to ask. However, even in less turbulent times, the question can still generate fear…or maybe hope or excitement.
What do we really know about tomorrow, though?
Our passage from Proverbs warns us about boasting about tomorrow.
I remember a movie where a guy got a call that he was going to be hired by a company at twice his current salary. He strolled into his current job, told his boss he quit, said a few other less-than-kind words, and walked out the door. The next day, he called the person about the new job only to find out that person had been fired and the whole department was being shut down.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. A year ago, no one was talking about a pandemic, economic shutdown, or riots. Sure 2020 is unusual, but less world-encompassing events affect our lives every day.
Thanks, Pastor, I wasn’t scared about tomorrow before, but now I am!
No, I mean it. Don’t worry. You don’t need to be anxious. Proverbs warns us about boasting about tomorrow, but Jesus tells us not to worry about it either.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:31-33
We don’t need to worry about tomorrow because God knows what you need before you even realize there’s a problem. He can handle anything that comes our way.
So, where does this leave us?
This leaves us the same place we are in so many aspects of our life of faith. We aren’t arrogant or boastful because we know whatever good happens is from God. We also aren’t fearful, because we trust God. This is true of our righteousness before God. This is true of our finances. This is true of our job. This is true for all our tomorrows.
You know what I need and will provide. Keep me from being arrogant or putting too much trust in my plans. I humbly admit I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know You do and You promise to take care of me. Help me to trust You will all my tomorrows.
In Christ’s Service,