Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
James provides a good commentary for this proverb: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil (James 4:13-16).
The sooner we grasp how little control we have of the future, then the better prepared we will be for it. We become flustered and lose our temper because our plans are interrupted. If we know that tomorrow is in God’s hands and not ours, we will then be better prepared for what will actually take place, whether or not it goes according to our plans.
It is good to make plans; but understand that our plans are nothing more than that – plans. We are not God whose plans are fixed. Nor do we want them to be. For we lack God’s knowledge and his goodness. Do not boast about tomorrow. It is the humble attitude to take, as well as a wise attitude that will lead to contentment and to true readiness.
Praise the Lord.[a]
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
7 to inflict vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron,
9 to carry out the sentence written against them—
this is the glory of all his faithful people.
Praise the Lord.