Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
So I'm going back to Proverbs 27 today. Over the last few days I've been thinking about something my great friend and pastor says. Says a lot. A LOT a lot.
"They'll post listing for your job quicker than they will your obituary." - Phil Wade
He says a lot of things I think about, but over the last few days I've thought a lot about these particular words. And the words that open up Proverbs 27: "for you do not know what a day may bring forth."
Most people think about this verse in terms of the future, often saying "we aren't promised tomorrow." And that's great. I thought that this week as well. Some health issues popped back up that gave me pause. Thought about my own mortality. I mean, we all gotta go, it's guaranteed. But I am not afraid of that. But I have spent a long time thinking I am invincible. I guess that goes away with age. But that verse and what Phil said would not go away.
It's a weird juxtaposition sometimes. We're told not to count on tomorrow for it may never come, but God tells us a lot about what's going to happen on some tomorrow day. He speaks of the future often. Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, and especially Revelations come to mind when people think about the Biblical future. He tells us what is going to happen, but never when. And that's fine and dandy for Him, but He also tells us not to worry about tomorrow, or the future. It's almost explicit in direction. It reminds me of the anti-procrastination quote attributed to Ben Franklin, "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today."
There's so many phrases, quotes, and quips about that. So what does it all mean? Why am I thinking about this now? I'm less worried about my health issues than I am this. I don't want to miss a message God has for me, but I just wasn't getting it.
Why not focus on the future? I don't think God means not for us to plan, or not to be ready for it. Not to do our best to make tomorrow better. But we don't have tomorrow. Heck, we don't even have an hour or even twenty minutes from now. Anything that is not right this moment, we don't have. It's not in our possession.
But today is. Right now is in our possession.
It's here. We have it. It's in our grasp. What if what I'm supposed to be concerned with is right this moment? What am I doing with what I do have, which is right now? One thing I find I often do, and I'm sure I'm in good company, is worry about "tomorrow." Or be concerned with later. And so many of these phrases tell us this. But so many of them do not tell us what to do with now, this moment, where we are.
So, how does this relate to me right now? Well, for example, I want a new job. I'm really not happy where I'm at. It's not the job, it's good. It's just not what I want to do. I don't think God has a problem with me looking for new work, especially if it's His Will. But right now I don't have that job, because that's "tomorrow". Sure I can look, but what if I'm not here tomorrow? What am I doing with what I have right now? I have this job, so make the best of it. But I also have a home and family. I need to deal with that right now as well.
What am I doing with what I do have? What am I doing with right now? That's the question I should be asking. My situation will work out, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans. I guess it comes to priorities, but that's another discussion entirely.