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Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

Daniel Tan

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)

I can get into this habit a lot and God often humbles me by tearing my plans asunder. The notion is clear here. The Hebrew word for 'boast' can mean shine, to be boastful or to praise. The essential meaning here is that we do not claim proudly what tomorrow is going to entail. A similar wisdom is spoken by James in James 4:13, where he warns those who say "today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit" that they are but a mist. Even Jesus acknowledges this in his parable about the man who stored up treasures on earth that tomorrow is an enigma only God knows.

Because of this, the future is always something out of our control. We can try to fix it or do something to alter the direction of tomorrow but alas we cannot control everything and things can spiral out of control. Rather we need to accept that, more than anything else in our lives, we have to trust God about tomorrow.

Personally, this is not easy for me. I have a billion things I want to do and not be hindered by worries about what could happen. I've made plans that have fallen through and I am consistently worried about what could come next. Unfortunately for me, I don't get answers about these things easily. I believe that all of us have similar experiences in life from the greatest to the smallest of us. No matter how much ability, power or wealth you accumulate, tomorrow will always to be looming around the corner. We all try in some way or fashion to get a better sneak peek at what tomorrow entails, but oftentimes even a glimpse is hard.

Rather than try to worry ourselves to death, maybe it's time to surrender to God. There are many things that tomorrow can hold that we don't know about, so many that it seems kind of pointless to keep thinking about tomorrow because today is still ongoing. That's why God tells us not to worry and just let him deal with tomorrow, because today has enough troubles of its own. Let's heed God's advice today and trust that he'll deal with the situations that will come and open a path for us, because tomorrow is a mystery that perhaps we are not meant to solve.

Daniel Tan

Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.

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