Friday, 27 March 2020

Proverbs 27.1-2 (ESV)

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Time is ticking. Yesterday is gone. My family called me long “winded”. Sorry, I cannot take it back. Today, I can do something about it. Tomorrow is yet to come. Tomorrow may not be mine. So let me talk about our text today.

Whenever we talk about tomorrow, there are two common responses. One is worried and anxious and the other is boastful about tomorrow. This is not talking about awareness but our attitude about tomorrow. The word translated as “boast” in English can also be translated as “praise” as in Pro. 27.2. The Hebrew word is the same. “A day may bring forth”, the time of one day can spell life or death. Many are literally hanging on the one day thread of life. One day can change the direction of a lifetime for an individual and his family. If life is so uncertain and so short, why talk about tomorrow. Yes, there are people just live for the day and no plans for tomorrow. The Epicurean believes pleasure is the highest end in life. “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die.” Sad, indeed, they have no tomorrow or can we say nothing to look forward to.

The wise man said don’t boast about tomorrow. You boast about tomorrow if you think tomorrow is in your control. You boast about tomorrow if you planned your tomorrow without God in the picture. You boast about tomorrow if you believe your plans are full (fool) proof. Our tomorrow is based on the choices you made today. Today you have the freedom to choose whatever, but the consequences of your choice, you have no choice but to accept.

I hope you look at tomorrow with a wider perspective and not with a tunnel vision. May we look at tomorrow with eternal values and not just passing fad.

Prayer for today

We worship you our God, because of who you are. You are Eternal, Immortal, invisible, you alone are God (Psa.90.1-2; Isa. 45.5; 1 Tim. 1.17). You are All-powerful; All-presence and All-knowing. You are Alpha and Omega.

We thank you for our past, you called us from among the multitude to be your chosen people. We thank you for today, a present. Teach us to honour you in all we think, say and do. We commit our tomorrow to you.

Lord, today we are still concerned about the Coronavirus pandemic. The situation is getting out of control but we know you are still in control. Help us to humble ourselves and seek your face. Forgive us of our wicked ways, restore us back to you. Come and heal your people.

We continue to lift James to you, that you Lord you have seen him through another day. Heal him, his wife and children. We pray for all who are infected by this virus, bring them back to good health. Pray for all who are working sacrificially in the frontline, protect, provide and refresh them. Undergird them with your nighty hands.

Lord, with this pandemic we are uncertain about tomorrow. Hold our hands and walk us through these difficult days. Give us eyes of faith to see them tomorrow and give wisdom and strength to walk with you a day at a time. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Pastor Isaac Yim