Verse of the Day for October 4, 2016 is found in Proverbs 27:1 in the Message Bible:
[You Don’t Know Tomorrow] Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
I recall the lyrics to a popular song from the early days of my Christian walk, a song that recall my late sister-in-law used to sing in her own distinctive way: “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”:
I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
A similar exhortation regarding tomorrow is found in James 4:12-16
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
This passage provides the introduction to a poetic reminder of how we should speak regarding tomorrow:
“If the Lord tarries. . .”
“If the Lord tarries” and “If the Lord will”:
May these phrases ever be our preface.
With each decision may we learn to be still
And never presume to know your desire.
Though we may read your Word and apply
It diligently to our hearts to do
All you ask of us, some secrets are not
Ours to know. Once more you tell us to watch,
To prepare our hearts and to look above.
Whether we understand or misconstrue,
We cannot deny we have tasted your love.
God is faithful and His word is true.
In our hearts the hope continues to burn
As we yearn even more for Christ’s return.
I also recall the following statement about tomorrow, but I am not sure of its source: “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and tomorrow is today’s promise already fulfilled but yet to be received. When will we receive it? ‘Tomorrow . . .” This statement was, in part, the inspiration for the following:
“Tomorrow Is Today’s Promise”
For you have need of patience, that,
after you have done the will of God,
you might receive the promise.
We work in faith, labor in love and wait in hope,
Patient in all our trials that test and refine.
Despite the times, we perceive His divine design
And see with new eyes far beyond our narrow scope.
After doing all God’s will, we receive the promise.
We come through intense fires as a precious gem.
Rewards await those who endure to receive them,
As time swiftly passes with each sunset and sunrise.
Yesterday was the promise of the day before.
Today is yesterday’s tomorrow as it unfolds:
A gift full of potential and all that it holds.
Tomorrow is today’s promise waiting in store.
Past, present and future all merge in Christ, the Lord,
Who upholds all things by the power of His Word.
We conclude with Alison Krauss singing “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”: