1Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)
Happy Tuesday Fam! Chapter 27 of Proverbs brings some memorable verses. It is from this chapter the infamous “As iron sharpens iron” verse comes from, which I almost chose to highlight today. Instead, I went with the verse above, because I think this one needs some unpacking. Do not boast about tomorrow, for we do not know what tomorrow may bring. Is this verse a warning against being proud about all our hopes and dreams for the future? Is this a dreadful warning about how quickly our lives can be altered by tragedy in a day? Is this a reminder that we shouldn’t put off for tomorrow what we can accomplish in the present? Is that the “boast”ing Solomon refers to: “Well, I have all the time in the world tomorrow, I’ll just accomplish this task then.”
I think this verse is the sum of all of this and an important reminder to us. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. We only have control of our present moment, and even then that can change quickly. This does not mean you shouldn’t plan for the future, or forgo solidifying a retirement plan, because all that is important. There will be a time when we all get to an age we can not physically do the same amount of work we did in our youth, so you do need to plan for your future. Above all else, do not wait until retirement to live the life you want to live. Serve in your community now, be as involved in your children’s lives as you would your grandchildren. Invest your free time in learning the Word of God and reading the Bible. Don’t put off all these amazing opportunities for “tomorrow,” because, as we know for sure, tomorrow may never come. Make today the day you are the salt of the earth, and the light on the top of the hill. And do so with a humble heart.
As I said a few days ago, Spotify released quite a few amazing new songs from various artists, and yesterday I shared my favorite: the new album from Phil Wickham. But the song below, from Stephen Stanley, is a unique and cool tune to enjoy this summer. Have a blessed week friends!
Reading plan: 2 Corinthians 12, 13
Deeper reading plan: Proverbs 25, 26, 27