What Will Happen Tomorrow?

Posted by Mark Lindley on 13 June 2018 | Comments

I suppose we all have plans. Some are short-term plans; others may be long-term plans. Planning for the future is certainly commendable. Jesus said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish” (Luke 14:28-30).

            But despite plans we have for the future, we do not know that those plans will ever be completed. Scripture warns, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). How true it is that we do not know what a day may bring!

            There are many things we take for granted about “tomorrow.” First, we take for granted that tomorrow will come. We frequently plan what we will do “tomorrow,” but no one has the promise of another day. People die daily in many unexpected ways: wrecks along our highways, heart-attacks, school shootings, accidents that may occur on the job, and in many other ways. While making plans for tomorrow, we should be aware that tomorrow may never come.

            Further, if tomorrow comes, we have no way of knowing what trials or tragedies may devastate our lives. Some will find out tomorrow that they have a terminal illness. Others may learn that a dearly loved family member is about to get a divorce. Tomorrow, some will find out that a son or daughter has gotten caught up in the drug scene, and is addicted. Tomorrow, in grief and sorrow, we may have to say a sad good-bye to a precious loved-one who left us “before his time.” Considering all the possibilities of “tomorrow,” there is little wonder the Scriptures warn that we do not know what a day may bring forth.

            The good news is that God has promised that whatever trials, temptations, or tragedies may come tomorrow, He will be with His children. He will not only be present in those critical times, but He will impart the strength we need to endure the storms of life. Consider the comforting words of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” No “specific kind” of trouble is mentioned in this text. That might be because the Lord wants us to know He is present in “all” kinds of trouble. What a comforting thought! What joy and peace God’ people should glean from this passage, knowing that God will never forsake His children in times of trial! No, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but Christians know the One who does. That makes all the difference.