The Christian Reformed Church here in Palmerston has a saying on their sign this week that reads:
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
As you begin reading the Proverbs today, you will find this verse straight away: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
This particular bit of wisdom is double edged. The truth of it is constant: tomorrow is a day away and we really have no idea what will or can come. We have two choices in light of that truth: either we fret about it and join the lines of people receiving ulcer treatments; or we simple focus our minds and our activities on today.
Stephen Curtis Chapman has a song, it’s rather old now, that is called “The next 5 minutes”. In it, he talks about how we may only have the next five minutes to live, and we should, therefore, live for the next five minutes. It is a refreshing mindset in a culture and time that is so focused on tomorrow. Commercials and banking experts talk about retirement all the time and planning for the future and saving for our children’s education (which none of us will be able to afford at the current growth rates).
I’m all for planning, it’s in my blood actually. But it is one thing to plan, it is another thing to fret over those plans. That’s really the truth scripture teaches us. We are to have faith, not in our plans, but in God. Our trust is to rest firmly in him and his sovereignty over tomorrow.
So don’t worry about tomorrow my friends. Live for the next five minutes and let God worry about the tomorrows that are ahead of you.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-6