Keep working toward plans and goals which reflect the good works and the life God has for you. This is a perspective that frames our goal-setting and action-plans and personal development. Do it all in the context of God’s will. To his glory. Never with boasting…
Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Some people plan for tomorrow. Some people dread tomorrow. Some people are already living in tomorrow. Some people ignore tomorrow and only live for today. There are lots of reasons for different approaches to living. Just don’t boast about tomorrow.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Don’t make assumptions about your plans and how great they are. Nothing is going to stop you, is it? Or is it?
Both Solomon and James say the same thing: You do not know what tomorrow will bring. You don’t know. Don’t presuppose. Don’t boast. Even if your plans are iron-clad and amazing. Even if you have worked your whole life for this moment.
In truth, we are mist. We are raised up from the dirt and dust of the ground into creatures who bear the image of God. We live what is a short moment of time on this earth before vanishing again. The contrast to our brevity and insignificance is the Lord’s will, which is sovereign over today and tomorrow and forever.
We ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will…” That is the antidote to our boasting. It is the posture of our rightful place. And we need the reminder. I need the reminder.
It’s not a wet blanket teaching. Rather it is a perspective for godly living. This is a perspective that frames our goal-setting and action-plans and personal development. Do it all in the context of God’s will. To his glory.
God has made you for good works which he has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Keep working toward plans and goals which reflect those good works and the life God has for you. Pray the Psalm 90:17 prayer, even daily, in order to surrender each day to the Lord:
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on me;
establish the work of our hands for me—
yes, establish the work of my hands.”