Proverbs 27: King James Bible
What is Coming Tomorrow – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 1
1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – What is Coming Tomorrow
No matter how hard we try to prepare, we’ll always be faced with what’s coming at us tomorrow. However, we don’t need to be at the mercy of what is coming tomorrow, thanks to being part of the family of the Lord. It’s his mercy we enjoy, not the chances that come.
This verse fits well with what’s going on right now over in Hawaii. How many people that have been evacuated from their homes, were thinking a year ago that this would be their lives? Granted, when you live on or very close to a volcano, there should be a thought in the back of your mind somewhere that this could happen, similar to someone moving into a flood zone getting flooded out.
But just because it is a thought and a possibility, doesn’t mean that we’re expecting it to happen any time soon, especially real soon. We’re talking about living in places where the future is uncertain, but this isn’t quite the same as things that happen suddenly without any warning at all. Or to better put it, things that shouldn’t happen.
Someone’s house catches on fire. The day before that family could have been on top of the world, with great plans for the immediate future. Now they have new plans, like finding a place to live, and finding out what can be salvaged from the aftermath of the fire. We have no way of knowing exactly what is coming tomorrow.
We get car troubles that we aren’t ready for. People have heart attacks that they didn’t anticipate. I had a stroke at 37 that I wasn’t prepared for. Things happen suddenly that we can’t anticipate, no matter how much we try. The Lord is the only one who knows what’s around the corner.
I believe that the Word of the Lord is constructed to prepare us to be as nimble as possible in the face of tomorrow and the evils therein. How we deal with things that come is what matters in the long run.
According to the Word, we are to manage and navigate through today’s troubles, and try to anticipate things that come, but not to concentrate on what’s not arrived yet. Jesus tells us this flat out, and also gives us a parable about a man who thought he knew his future, but was dead wrong (mind the pun). You’ll see the scriptures below.
Jesus gave the parable at the time about being covetous, but it also tells us about the futility of boasting of tomorrow, and the things that can happen suddenly to nullify our hopes and plans.
It is wise to be as ready as possible for whatever may come no matter what it may be. People rarely buy a bottle of aspirin because they have a splitting headache. They buy it in anticipation of one, so they have it on the ready if it should come tomorrow.
Figure out what you’d do if you should be face with being without. What’ll you do if you lose water for a day? How about a few days? How about a few weeks? Same with power, or anything at all. It is always wise to be prepared for whatever you deem necessary. But that’s not the end of it.
We need to be prepared for whatever possible, yes, but not so prepared that we can’t adjust and rearrange just about anything at a moment’s notice. Tomorrow has a set of instructions that you aren’t always going to be privy to, and our best shot at understanding anything at all, is to step back a sec and check out what the Lord has to say.
What’s better: Struggling through an uncertain future swinging blindly at whatever might be there, or being guided by the Lord who already knows every twist and turn that tomorrow will bring? There are things that we just can’t change, and it is better that we be in the Lord’s hands, rather than taking things into our own hands.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Luke 12: King James Bible
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Thank you for your Word, and for taking the time to teach us to rely on you, and not even to rely on things such as time or tomorrows. You are our best shot at getting through all things, as nothing is impossible for you. Guide us through every tomorrow Lord, and teach us to be as nimble as possible, and as resilient as possible against all things that might come against us Lord. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
How can anyone be ready for what is coming tomorrow without the guidance of the Lord?
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