26th October 2020


“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make profit’: whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”
James 4:13-15 (NKJV)

The word “tomorrow” has been described as one of the most dangerous words in human speech. Tomorrow should not be boasted about, because who knows what tomorrow will bring? It tells us this in the book of Proverbs 27:1, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what the day may bring forth.” This pandemic has brought home that tomorrow may see man incapable of doing his duties because of sickness or other reasons. Tomorrow may even bring death and will certainly bring the judgment (see Matthew 25:13-32 and Romans 14:10-12).

Our life is fragile and comparatively short compared to God and eternity. Read Job 14: 1-2: “Man who is born of woman is of a few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue.” There are some eighteen or more metaphors in the Bible which express the brevity and uncertainty of life, such as: ‘the shadow that fleeth,’ ‘a flower that is cut down,’ ‘the weaver’s shuttle,’ ‘water spilt on the ground,’ ‘the swift ship,’ and ‘a vapour.’

The Christian religion is a daily religion. Hebrews 3:13 says “But exhort one another daily, which is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” The spirit of tomorrow caused the ruin of many, including the foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-12. In the life of Felix (Acts 24:24-27), who heard a soul-stirring message of ‘Tomorrow’ on righteousness when he was unrighteous and on the judgement to come, even though he sat in judgement on others, which caused him to tremble, but he refused to surrender. He waited for the convenient season of tomorrow which did not come. The rich fool had great plans for tomorrow in Luke 12:16-21. He failed to realize that God controls tomorrow. One word tells the tragedy of his life—tomorrow.

In the parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:16-24), there are great lessons on tomorrow for those who pose various excuses for not following Jesus. In Hebrews 3:15 we read “Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…” It is wise to plan for tomorrow, but as James says in the header scripture, if the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.

Eternal Father, help us to realise that you hold tomorrow, and to rely on you when we fear the future and to trust and rely on you and not ourselves when making our future plans. In Jesus’ name

Study by Dennis Payne


About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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