Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. – Proverbs 27:1
I always try to plan for tomorrow while still living for today, but it isn’t easy to pull off. Sometimes, it seems, I have a lot riding on the future, thinking that if something doesn’t happen the way I have it laid out, then I am defeated. The result is that I sometimes get ahead of myself and end up with some disappointment over failed plans. Unmet expectations can lead to frustration and impatience with my circumstances and my friends, coworkers, and family.
Why not use a different tactic? Yes, plan for tomorrow, but don’t boast about it. To plan is wise, but to boast is presumption. Boasting about future plans is akin to acting as if we have sovereign control over every circumstance and, of course, on God has such power.
Success in such matters is often seen in surrender. It is good to be bold, to “push the envelope,” to stretch the boundaries. This is how breakthroughs are achieved and new “wineskins” are formed. Resting on one’s “laurels” (past achievements) is not an acceptable path for a consecrated servant of God in Christ Jesus. On the other hand, resting in His dominion is the best possible direction for the saint who desires to please the Savior.
Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. – Eric Liddell