Boast not. . .
Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man’s lips praise thee, and not thine own mouth: a stranger’s and not thine own lips. Proverbs 27:1-2
My father-in-law, Earl Entner, was a sweet-natured man who loved the Lord with all his heart. He was witty, and he was wise. Best of all, he depended on the Word of God for his wisdom. He was quick to correct a person if upon parting that person might say, “I’ll see you soon” with “If the Lord wills, we’ll see each other soon.” We were traveling in a caravan on a trip and he was separated from the rest of us. That was in the days before cell phones. He went on to the destination and when we met up together, guess what he said—of course, “The Lord willed that we should reach this place together.” It makes me smile to remember it even now.
In my youth group days my youth director would urge public testimonies from us by reminding us that Christians should be “Ready to pray, preach, or die in a moment’s notice.” For some reason I have never forgotten that quip either. I am more apt to say at parting, “Here, there, or in the air.” My place, your place, or in the Rapture. I thought that often when my daughter and family were oceans apart and I am sure many a military family lives day to day with that on their hearts.
It is a good thing to make plans and set goals. Day planners and calendars of appointments on our desk top computer keep us organized. In our planning, we must not leave out the element that we may think we have the perfect plan only to find that God wants us someplace else and sure enough, God will get us to where He needs us to be. From time to time the plan changes are so subtle in God’s working that we are bewildered and think, “How did that happen?”
“Plan your work and work your plan” is a motto that is worthy. Plan your work, and work your plan as God wills it, is very worthy. We do not know what a day may bring forth of sadness, sorrow, suffering, satisfaction, or silliness. The population of Boston was brought to a halt last week. Only two people had planned to bring such havoc. Evil persists in our world. Wicked men continue to be used to bring fear. The result can be fear that is overwhelming; or it can bring people face to face with eternity and the choices they make. It is a choice. Evil or righteousness. I remind you once again of the words of King Solomon, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow . . .”
Reader, if you are uncertain of your eternity, please contacts me: email@example.com and I will be more than happy to answer your questions right from the Word of God.