Boast Not for Tomorrow

Boast Not for Tomorrow

Planning for the future is a wise thing to do. To make plans for retirement, a future vacation, a wedding, school etc. are things almost everyone will have to take time to lay out ideas and set aside money for. Proverbs warns us about being fooling about the future and not spending them foolishly. Proverbs 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” There’s an eternality and a temporary aspect to this verse. The temporary side of it is that we don’t know what tomorrow holds so we need to live out in light of the eternal side. Time is like money. It’s always moving. The decisions we make today will have an effect on our future. It will effect the future of those in our spheres of influence. Proverbs says to, “Boast not..” That word boast is also translated as fool other places in the Bible. In other words, don’t be foolish about tomorrow because you don’t know what it may bring forth. The practicality of this verse is endless. It’s a challenge not to procrastinate, not to borrow or lend something you’re not willing to give up completely, to be righteous child of the King, to spend more time with your family, to witness more, and the list could go on.

The old adage, “Live today like it was your last” applies here. James 4:13-17 says, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

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