“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” “‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’” “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Proverbs 27:1, Luke 12:19-20, James 4:13-14, Matthew 6:34.
Our Lord Jesus Who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Who knows the beginning and the end of all things, has some good words for us about tomorrow: leave it. Do not boast about it, do not put too much stock in it, do not put off until it what needs be done today, do not so over-plan for it that you leave no room for God’s plans, and do not worry about it. (Hebrews 13:8)
And what are we to be about today? Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” We are called today to make the most of our time, bear fruit in every good work, build others up in the faith, gain a heart of wisdom so we can be wise toward outsiders and those who need advice and encouragement. We are not to grow weary in doing the good God planned for us and made us to do; we are not to be busy-bodies. While we are to have an eye for eternity as our hope, that eye to the future should not fear, fret, wander, or gloat, but focus on today that the Lord has given as His gift, in which to be glad and rejoice. We are to invest actively this day in loving, honoring, extending hospitality, praying, serving needs, and storing up not security and delights for tomorrow, but eternal treasures in heaven. (Psalm 90:12; 118:24; Matthew 6:19-20; Romans 12:9-13; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:10; 4:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:11)
Am I making these my industry? Do I have a healthy view of tomorrow and a focused employment today? “Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” “Choose this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” How willingly, energetically, zealously, am I putting my hands to work today for my Master? (Deuteronomy 4:39; Joshua 24:15; Romans 12:11)
Gracious all-knowing God, help me order my days aright, understanding the times and being fully present in the now for all You have for me. I trust in You, my times are in Your hands, and I offer my hands for Your honorable and glorious use. (1 Chronicles 12:32; Psalm 31:14-15; 50:23; Isaiah 33:6)