THE UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE! “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1). One thing we must keep in mind about life; life is uncertain. How many times in your life have your plans been interrupted regarding the next day of your life? In my lifetime there are just too many to count or remember. Does that mean we should not plan for the future, even for our next day? No! But we should live with the knowledge that every day of our life is in the Lord’s hands and it is His right to change our direction and our plans at His discretion. The day that brought clarity to Millie and I in His call for our life to His ministry was a planned day of shopping that ended up with a tragic auto accident. And the day that changed how we now minister decades later was the day Millie had her second stroke. Neither of those incidents was on our schedules for the day. And God does not always use such dramatic or impactful methods to give us His direction but we should be aware every day is a gift from God and He may redirect us as He chooses.
Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). Jesus said this in the context of reminding those around Him that God would take care of their earthly needs (Matthew 6:25-33 NIV) and they needed to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:33). Yes, life is uncertain, but God is in control and in charge of tomorrow. Uncertainty should not cause us to be anxious or full of worry. But at the same time we should remind ourselves that our future rests in the hands of God and all our boasting about what we may or may not do in the future is foolishness if we don’t take God into account in our planning and in our living. The Apostle Paul said, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). When things we don’t plan on change our direction on any given day let us remember that God is at work and at the time we may not understand exactly what God is doing in our lives.
Humans are prone to boast about the future and assume that things will go as they plan; especially if they are non-Christians. Some Christians want to gather wealth, or their version of wealth, and then serve God. They are planning like the farmer found in Luke 12:16-21 who had such bountiful harvests that he built bigger and better barns to store his goods and then he was going to relax and enjoy life. Jesus said of the conclusion to his plans, “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Luke 12:20 NIV). This man, who did not acknowledge God (he was a “fool”), was boasting about the next day but that day on earth would be the saddest day of his life as it was his last. May we Christians learn the lesson of life to not boast about tomorrow with all its uncertainty but rather to, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3 NIV).