Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
“The semester is almost over and I can’t wait for Christmas break. Over break I intend to catch up on the many things that have been putting off during the semester. Among them include, spending more time with my wife, obtaining a firm understanding of all my Greek vocabulary, fixing little ends and odds around the apartment, doing some leisure reading, and studying a book of the Bible.” This is how my mind works; it’s a dangerous state of being. Good intentions never lead to a disciplined life… especially if those intentions always point to the future.
Proverbs 27 is a constant reminder that my thought process is not only bad for me, but against the will of God. I so often forget that God is not concerned about what I will do for Him tomorrow, but rather, about what I am doing for Him today. Knowing this, I now am able to grasp a better understanding of why Satan tempts me with the “I’ll do it tomorrow” mentality. The further away I am from God’s will, the larger the influence Satan will hold over my life.
What areas of your life need improvement? Have you been avoiding church, your devotions, or prayer? When was the last time you sat down to study the Bible, or met with a friend to talk about your relationship with God? If you’re anything like me, the Holy Spirit continually prompts you to become engaged in these activities. I challenge you to set aside the notion of starting them tomorrow, “for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Instead, do it today. Pick up your Bible and read a couple of verses, pick up the phone and call a friend who needs encouragement; whatever you need to do, just pick up and do it.
Subjecting yourself to the will of God today and promising to do so tomorrow are two different things. On the day that you stand before God, He will not consider what you had planned to do, but only that which you have actually done.
Just do it. (James 4:13-17)