There is a word in the Bible that is filled with danger. In fact, Jim Kilson calls it “the most dangerous word.”
What do you suppose it is? Sin? Satan? Hell?
Kilson shares this hint. “The word is one of the easiest to speak, and one of the most fatal in its effect. It shines like a mirage in the desert, deceiving with a false promise. It’s the word that shines like a beacon, leading fools to their ultimate destruction; it’s without a doubt Satan’s favorite word…..”
Three thousand years ago the wise man issued this warning: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Prov. 27:1)
Tomorrow has been the downfall of many. One writer defined tomorrow this way: “A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.”
Tough decisions are too often put off until tomorrow. In his book Being the Best Denis Waitley offers some timely advice. “When you stop to think about it, he says, ‘there is no such thing as a future decision. You face only present decisions that will affect what will happen in the future. Procrastinators wait for just the right moment to decide. If you wait for the perfect moment, you become a security seeker who is running in place, going through the motions, and getting deeper in a rut.”
The boast of tomorrow often renders us idle, lazy and ineffective today. Tomorrow whispers for us to wait to begin our exercise regiment, improve our diet and start our weight loss program. Tomorrow we confidently say that we will clean out the garage. Call a friend. Pay a bill. Write a letter. Or begin saving money for retirement.
The quandary of tomorrow is humorously expressed by an unknown poet who wrote:
I spent a fortune On a trampoline,
A stationary bike And a rowing machine
Complete with gadets to read my pulse,
And gadgets to prove My progress results,
And others to show The miles I’ve charted’
But they left off the gadget
To get me started!
More seriously our boast of tomorrow causes us to put off repairing a ruptured relationship. Seeking the forgiveness of someone we slighted. Eliminating a hurtful habit. Or starting a new and helpful habit.
The boast of tomorrow has eternal consequences. Ask Felix, the first century Roman procurator in Judea. He was unrighteous, intemperate, and spiritually lost. But he calls for the apostle Paul to hear the gospel preached. Guess what Paul preached? Righteousness. Self-control. And the impending judgment. But Felix balked. Fearfully, he sent Paul away. And waited for a better time to obey. Tomorrow. But it never came.
We are well advised to remember the words of Croft M Pentz, “The flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seed of today.” This is true physically, materially, and spiritually.
None of us is promised tomorrow. Not the billionaire, nor the pauper. Not the young or the aged. Not the saint or the sinner.
Don’t boast about tomorrow. Make today your best day ever. And, if tomorrow comes, it will be made better by today’s diligence.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman