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What Tomorrow May Bring


By Benjamin H. Liles

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. ~ Proverbs 27:1

No one knows the future except for God. Jesus, in Luke, was telling the people He was teaching about a rich fool, saying, "This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."' "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'" (Luke 12:18-20). 

There is no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring or even that plans we make for the next day can or will be accomplished. I'm not saying we shouldn't make plans. I am saying, however, that there is no way to know when we will pass on. The inevitable truth is that we will all die. Solomon said this: "A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God. You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment" (Ecclesiastes 2:4; 11:9).

Worrying about the future (or the next day) comes to naught. Jesus said, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. [Each] day [has] its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34). The best laid plans are done in what we call today. Planning for the day and doing our best by God matters more than what we will clothe ourselves with, what we will eat, or even drink. Sufficiency for the day is enough. Even then it is always God who provides, and that's why we have Jesus who gives us peace and rest.