Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Proverbs 27:1 (MSG)
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” -AMPLIFIED
“Boasting is the outward form of the inner condition of pride.” ~John Piper
Proverbs 27 begins with a warning against the braggart, the person who is boastful, a show-off, and a know-it-all. The braggart is tends to be loud and outspoken, wanting all to hear about how amazing they are and what their great plans are. Solomon tells us:
“Don’t brag about what may happen tomorrow because you have no idea what it will bring.” -(VOICE)
Solomon cautions us against counting your proverbial chickens before they hatch. To make plans and boast about something that has not happened yet is foolish. Do not be overly confident in your plans for the future because you never know what may interrupt and change them.
“Don’t brag about your plans for tomorrow—wait and see what happens.” -(TLB)
God admonished and warned the people of Israel, through the prophet Jeremiah, in this way:
“God’s Message: “Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things. These are my trademarks.” God’s Decree.” -Jeremiah 9:23-24 (MSG)
Jesus told a parable, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, about the rich, young, fool. This story is a very good example of the bravado of the braggadocios fool. Let’s take a look at that story:
“Then He told them a parable, saying, “There was a rich man whose land was very fertile and productive. And he began thinking to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place [large enough in which] to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my storehouses and build larger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods there. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things stored up, [enough] for many years; rest and relax, eat, drink and be merry (celebrate continually).”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own all the things you have prepared?’” -Luke 12:16-20 (AMP)
James, Jesus’ brother, also warned about boasting in our tomorrows. He cautioned the believers in this way:
“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. As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.” -James 4:13-17 (MSG)
Solomon admonishes us in the book of Ecclesiastes with these words:
“On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.”
-Ecclesiastes 7:14 (MSG)
Bragging is wrong; especially bragging about something that has not come to pass yet. No man knows what tomorrow may hold. Take heed, do not boast in your tomorrows.
“Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?” -Ecclesiastes 8:7 (NIV)
Instead, trust God with your tomorrows.
“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” -Matthew 6:34 (TLB)
“Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God Who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.” ~Francis de Sales.
Remember, Solomon has taught us to trust in the Lord exclusively:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” -Proverbs 3:5-12 (MSG)
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie ten Boom
My friend, do not brag about your tomorrows; which you have no control over. Instead, trust God with your tomorrows and give Him praise and thanks for all the good things that He has blessed you with.
“You are not mature if you have a high esteem of yourself. He who boasts in himself is but a babe in Christ, if indeed he be in Christ at all. Young Christians may think much of themselves. Growing Christians think themselves nothing. Mature Christians know that they are less than nothing. The more holy we are, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate of ourselves.” ~Charles Spurgeon
Lord, forgive my presumption and braggadocios attitude that tends to surface from time-to-time. If I have anything to brag about it is you, Lord; not me. Help me to not count my proverbial chickens, but to instead trust my tomorrows to you. You, Lord, are the One who I can always count on. Lord, you must increase and I must decrease. Help me to remember my place; I am a servant of the Most High. Lord, I am so thankful for you; and I will lift your Name Higher.