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The future is never in our hands

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By Pr Isaiah White

Our world is a world of projections and plans. We are asked occasionally what our five years’ plan is and how or where we see ourselves in 10 years.

We live and entertain a culture that is more concerned about tomorrow than it is with today. The analysts of almost all fields like the economics, politics or religion are concerned with not just our distant future, but more so with tomorrow.

Financial teachers emphasise saving for tomorrow, educationists remind us that we are studying for the future, while preachers like myself are committed to telling our audience that tomorrow this world might be no more.

Proverbs 27:1 says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let someone else praise you, and not your mouth; an outsider, and not your lips.”

The proverb seems to warn us against our worldview that is concerned with the tomorrow more than it is with the present.

The issue is not so much about time, but the guarantee we place on the time we have no control over. The verse in Proverbs warns us about three major things: the first is that we should not boast, the second is that we do not know.

And finally, it reminds all those who are absorbed by people’s praise that there is the right source of praise.

The choice of what happens next to us is absolutely to ours but God’s. (Photo/Word0fGod)

Do not boast
The question is, will you be part of the tomorrow? If this is reasonably a difficult question to answer, why do we boast in a tomorrow we do not know and are not part of?

We tend to give pledges in the name of tomorrow as if we are sure that we will be there. This behaviour, done both knowingly and unknowingly, is what the book of Proverbs considers boasting.

Sometimes, Christians engage in boasting that contradicts reality. To say that “I will see you tomorrow” is to assert that we are in charge of our lives and, therefore, we decide our presence.

Waking up for years and having enjoyed several years of existence in life has gradually puffed us to boast about a tomorrow.

Our boasting must be humbled by the truth that we are not in charge of tomorrow but God is. In Luke 12:16-20, Jesus tells an interesting story; “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”

This rich man thought and acted as if he was in charge of tomorrow. His major problem was taking charge of the future and boasting about it with his savings.

Planning for tomorrow and saving for the future was not the problem, the problem was to boast in his savings and placing his assurance in the savings instead of God who is in charge of the future.

You do not know
It is dangerous to act like we know when we do not know. What is even more detrimental is not knowing that we do not know.

The Bible is quick to inform us that we do not know. The major problem is the lack of the ability to even know that we do not know.

When boasting about the unknown tomorrow, we are demonstrating our ignorance. The worst we can ever do is to reject the primary knowledge that ‘we do not know’.

A few people in this world know that they do not know, and it is what the Bible is calling our attention to.
We must come before God in acknowledgement of our ignorance. Once we believe that we do not know, then we shall be in the right place to be taught.

To deny this is to reject knowledge and by that, we reject that God is in charge. James 1:5 reminds all of us that: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”.

Whoever does not know and they know that they do not know, they should ask God who is in charge to give knowledge and wisdom.

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