Read: Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Who knows what will happen tomorrow? Just ask any family whose lives were displayed on the late-night news last evening—whose peace and tranquility was unexpectedly interrupted by some sort of disaster: a car accident coming home from work, a random act of violence outside the restaurant, a massive layoff at the company that no one saw coming, the sudden bacterial infection in their child resistant to all known forms of medication. None of them got up that morning expecting anything close to that would happen during the day that lay ahead.
Who knows what tomorrow will hold? Only God! That’s why we need to fiercely lean into him for this day, expressing our utter dependence on his good purposes being fulfilled in our lives and recognizing his sovereign control over each second of our existence. The Psalmist David understood that—people who live under the threat of death like he did tend to get that better than those of us who live relatively easy lives. We tend to slide into the false notion that a pain-free, worry-free, tragedy-free life is our divine right. Not David! He got it right when he wrote in Psalm 139:16,
“Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment
was laid out before a single day had passed.”
Only God knows how many days you have, and what will happen in each of those days. Only he knows the exact number of your days, and you will not live a day longer, nor die a day sooner than what he already has planned for you. That’s why it is not wise to get too far ahead of God in your thoughts about tomorrow. Now obviously, this is not about wise planning and preparation. That is certainly taught throughout the Bible, and a great deal of emphasis is placed on that right here in the book of Proverbs.
What Solomon is calling for is living with an attitude of gratitude for each and every breath we take, expressing a humble dependence on the Almighty for each and every second of our existence, and submitting each and every ounce of our energy today, and if he graciously gives us tomorrow, to be used for his good purposes.
When we live that way, we can sing with confidence, “The sun will come out tomorrow.” Maybe that will mean the blazing sunshine of yet another day here on Planet Earth, but if not, the joy of unending days where there is no need for the sun, since the indescribable glory of his shining presence of God himself will render our current source of light and heat meaningless.
Yeah—the sun will come out tomorrow.
“We ought not to dread death so. It is but to cease from sin
and to enter into a better life.”
Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It:
Read and meditate on Psalm 90, a psalm of Moses, and then memorize verse 12:
“Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”