Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." James 4:13-15

In thinking about time, the next thing we must deal with is the future.  Our yesterdays are behind us.  Our tomorrows are not yet here.  Indeed, tomorrow never comes.  When it gets here, it is today.
It should be said about the future, that it is uncertain.  There is no guarantee that we will ever see any point in what we call the future.  Our lives could end at any time.  There is no guarantee that we will live to be ninety, or eighty, or seventy, or fifty, or even thirty.  History is filled with talented and gifted people who met unexpected tragedy from all walks of life. Most of us have personally known several people who died unexpectedly at a very early age.  None of us have a guarantee of tomorrow.
Tomorrow is not even ours anyway. God holds our future in His hands.  This does not mean that we do not think about the future or plan for the future.  We should certainly do both of those things.  We should consider the possibilities for the future and we should also be prepared for what the future may behold.  But we should think realistically about the future if we are to live effectively in the present.
The future can give us hope.  One thing it does hold is the promise that it may be better than the last year.  It holds the promise that things needing change in our lives may in fact be changed.  While there are no guarantees, the opportunity that the future gives brings hope for change.
On the other hand, the future can give us a false hope.  It can provide a false sense of security and thereby keep us from living effectively in the present.  By assuming that we do have some guarantee of tomorrow we can postpone many of the things we need to be doing today.  This false hope that we will be able to accomplish something "tomorrow" provides many people with the excuse they want so they can put off the very thing they need to do today.
I have met so many people who attempt to live in the future.  They are going to do great things when they get around to it.  When they have time, they are going to become more involved in things that count.  When this happens, or that happens, they will then begin.  They will do it later, tomorrow, next week, next month, someday.  The fact is that time never comes, the situation never is right, tomorrow never arrives.
I heard a story of a pastor visiting newcomers to the community.  The wife began to attend church but this man always put the pastor off.  He said that he would come to church just as soon as he got straightened out.  Each time the pastor would visit him the man would make the same reply.  As soon as he got straightened out he would come to church.  Finally, the man died.  The pastor was called upon to hold the funeral.  As he stood behind his pulpit in the church sanctuary looking down at the coffin with the man inside, he thought to himself, "Well, he finally kept his promise."  
Today is the day to change your tomorrow.
Scripture to Claim:

Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."  Joshua 3:5 NASB

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