Bible Reading: Proverbs 27:1-27
“Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth”
It has often been said that the past has gone forever so leave it behind, and the future is unknown so don’t go there. The only time we are guaranteed is the present. Today is the most important day of the rest of your life! Be careful what you do with it!
I will never forget an evening in the Midlands of England, many years ago. A young man, one of a group of bikers, came up to me after the short epilogue from God’s word that evening. He called me a fool, spat at me, and said, “I haven’t got time for that now – I am going to enjoy myself!” He left the youth club at the church and was tragically killed in an accident that night.
The “boast” of Proverbs 27:1 is pride. The dictionary defines it as talking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, abilities or possessions. In our text it is the sense of acting as though we, not God, are in control of the future. Jesus told the parable of the rich fool to warn against this kind of boasting [Luke 12:16-21]. The farmer had been successful and spoke of having plenty of good things laid up for many years. Everything seemed perfect but he was not aware that he would die that night.
It is right that we make plans but we also need to recognize that it is the Lord who determines our steps [Proverbs 16:9]. James emphasizes this when he says, “And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, ‘Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.’ You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that” [James 4:13-15 The Message].
The most important thing that we can do in life is to prepare for eternity. Don’t put off for another day what you should do today! Many times people have said to me that they will think about salvation and eternal matters when they are older. That is the kind of boasting that the writer of Proverbs is writing about. How do you know that there will be a tomorrow in this life? Today is the day of salvation in Jesus and today is the day that we should live for His glory!
John Wesley was once asked the question, “What would you do differently if you were told that Jesus was coming back in the next twenty-four hours?” What would your answer be to that question?
What did the apostle Paul say about boasting in Galatians 6:14?