By Kendra Clarke
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1).
We have all tried to plan out aspects of our lives. However, somewhere along the way, we realized that things do not always turn out like we plan them to. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I thought that I would be married with children by age twenty-five, retired from the military in my late thirties, and starting my second career by age forty. In reflecting on my life, I can say that none of what I had planned out in my twenties, was in God’s plan for my life, for if they had been; they would have been.
The Lord Directs Our Steps
We are not the ones ultimately in control of our plans for the future for, “we may make our plans, but the Lord directs our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Furthermore, in Jeremiah 10:23 we are told that, “our lives are not our own; so it is not for us to direct our steps”. One of the reasons why we should not presume to direct our lives or hold on so tightly to our future plans, is because we know not what tomorrow will bring. What we do know, is that we can be here today and gone tomorrow. “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).
Therefore, we must not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).
Instead, we must “submit our will to God and He will make our future paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).
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