Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
We love making plans.
Look at government calendars, business agendas, church programs, and a weekly schedule in most personal calendars.
As a people, humans enjoy making plans.
The danger comes in boasting of our plans.
This comes out as almost rubbing it in the faces of others what we are doing or are getting ready to do that they are not.
This comes out as “look at how amazing we are for doing this!”
This comes out as knowing what great things we will accomplish for God … for our glory.
Let us consider James’ advice from chapter 4 (NIV):
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.
We cannot know what will happen tomorrow, or even tonight for that matter.
We may be in a crash. A natural disaster may occur. A family emergency may arise. A terrorist attack might happen.
Anything can happen.
15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It is okay to plan things. We simply must remember Who is in control.
It is okay to celebrate good things. We simply must look at our own motives to ensure we give God all of the glory.
Heavenly Father, grant us the peace to know we do not control our lives, the wisdom to accept our time here on this earth, and a heart that remembers Your greatness over our own.