Posts Tagged ‘Tomorrow


The Mists We Are

We make so many plans in our lives, don’t we? We’re going to get married or get this job or buy this house. We’re going to have this many kids or retire at 65 or live this many years. We have no idea what tomorrow holds, but we make plans as though it is guaranteed. James writes:

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. – James 4:13-14 (NIV)

Our lives are but a mist or a vapor. In the grand scheme of eternity, we are but a mere breath. We don’t know if we’ll wake up tomorrow, but we act as though we’ll never die. We need to live and experience life today. We need to do God’s will today. Don’t worry about or plan for tomorrow. Live your life today because tomorrow may not come.

Give God That One Thing

We worry about so many things and many of those worries are focused squarely on tomorrow. Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow, but instead we should trust God today.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Today is going to have enough troubles as it is. So why worry about tomorrow? Let’s get through today first. Let’s walk hand in hand with our Heavenly Father today before we try and run ahead of Him for tomorrow. God is well aware of what’s going to happen tomorrow. After all, He’s already there. God isn’t bound by time and space. He’s not bound by your worries and fears, either. God will handle all of the problems and worries that you will give to Him. He’s bigger than your fears. He’s stronger than your problems. So let go of your worries and let God handle them today. Pray to Him now and tell Him that you’re giving Him that one thing you’re most worried about today.


I was thinking about time the other day and how quickly it moves.  It seems like it was just a few days ago that I brought my newborn son home from the hospital.  He turns 8 1/2 soon.  It seems like a few weeks ago that I married my college sweetheart.  We celebrated 16 years of marriage in December.  It was just a few months ago that I graduated from high school, right?  It’s been over 20 years!  What is going on?  What is happening?  When did someone open up the throttle and life put the pedal to the metal?  Why is life moving at the speed of light?

James 4:14 says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  In other words, life moves fast.  We’re here one moment and gone the next.  The seasons change.  Winter gives way to spring (praise the Lord!), spring gives way to summer, summer gives way to fall and before you know it, winter arrives once more.  Life moves way too fast to wish it away.  Life moves way too fast to be bored.  How can anyone be bored with life?!?  It can turn on a dime and you never know what to expect!

We spend our childhoods wanting to be teenagers.  We spend our teen years wanting to be adults.  We spend our adult years wanting to retire.  We spend our retirement years wanting to be young again.  Don’t waste your life by yearning for something that is either inevitable or impossible.  Live each day in the moment!  Live today!  Really live today!  Tomorrow is not guaranteed and yesterday is long gone.  Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow because each day has enough trouble of its own.  May God grant us many tomorrows and may we live for Him today.


Today’s Trouble

…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own. — Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Jesus, in telling His followers not to worry, reminds us of one very true and important thing: life is hard.  The Greek word for “trouble” literally means “badness.”  Life is rotten sometimes.  Life can just be bad.  Worry makes it worse.  When we fear and fret the future, we can bring even more trouble down on ourselves.

First, we forget to focus on today.  There are opportunities that we might miss if we’re thinking about tomorrow too much.

Second, we lose out on opportunities to grow in our faith.  If we are too focused on tomorrow, we will not learn how to trust God today.  I think that God is calling out to us each day, “Trust Me!  Trust Me!”  Trust is hard.  It takes time.  When was the last time, in retrospect, that God honestly let you down?  It’s never happened!  God is faithful and dependable.  He comes through time and again.  He is trustworthy and we can trust Him.  He has our best in mind at all times.  Max Lucado said, “It all works out in the end.  If it hasn’t worked out yet, then it’s not the end.”  God is working everything, this day included, out for the very best (Romans 8:28 — I’ll link to a blog about this on Tuesday).

The challenge for today is to get through today.  There will be trouble and badness, but God is good and He is in control.  He will not let you be tempted or tested beyond what you can handle.  Trust Him and leave tomorrow in His more than capable hands.

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