Here are seven Bible verses in reference to tomorrow.
Proverb 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
It’s natural to talk about tomorrow and things you’ve planned to do but no one knows if tomorrow will even come for us. We do know that everyone has a day appointed unto death and that judgment will follows (Heb 9:27), so this side of the grave we must be sure we’re in a right relationship with God. We can boast about our eternity because of the Savior’s work at Calvary. Without boasting in Christ, we have no guarantee about our eternity.
Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
First things first, Jesus says. First of all, we have no power over tomorrow. Besides, we’ve got enough going on today to be concerned with without worrying about what happens tomorrow. Worry doesn’t fix todays or tomorrows problems, so He commands us to seek the kingdom of God first, and naturally, that means seeking the King of that kingdom, Jesus Christ, but also seeking after His righteousness, which means obeying His commands. If we do that, God will add “all these things” for our tomorrow.
James 4:13-14 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
James is writing about our daily living and rather than worrying about going to such and such a place and doing thus and thus, we ought to pray about it and then say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:15-16). Pray to God, do all you can, obey God, and then trust Him with the results.
First Kings 19:2 “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.”
When Jezebel sent a message to Elijah, just after his victory over the 400 false prophets of Baal, he ran for his life. Amazingly, he stood up to 400 false prophets and all the people, but then fled from the wicked Queen Jezebel. Didn’t he remember God’s amazingly powerful display when He consumed with fire the sacrifice and almost everything else on or near the altar…and now he was worried about Jezebel? Instead of criticizing Elijah by saying, “How could he run like that,” we should say, how are we like just after seeing God move powerfully in our life and in someone else’s life, yet are quickly led to fear?
Proverbs 3:28 “Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.”
This is the ultimate procrastinator. Just like Pharaoh who kept promising Moses that he would let Israel go; only tomorrow. Perhaps Solomon was writing about a neighbor who had borrowed something and it hadn’t been returned yet. Maybe it was some bread his neighbor had asked for and he told him, “I’m all out” when in fact, he wasn’t. Tomorrow is the perfect day to do anything because tomorrow doesn’t come…because when tomorrow comes, it’s already today and the next day will always be tomorrow. Thus, everything can be done, tomorrow.
Isaiah 22:13 “Behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
When Paul was writing to the church at Corinth, he was telling them how the gospel, and our salvation, depends on the sinless life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1st Cor 15:32). His point was that if these things are not true, we might as well eat and drink (live it up!), because tomorrow we die, perhaps meaning the belief some hold that this is all there is and there is nothing more after death, which by the way, cannot be proven.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Anxiety is the opposite of trust, because if you’re anxious about something, you do not trust the future. We should put our anxieties aside and commit everything to God by prayer. Just let God know your requests and lean upon Him. This peace will guard your heart from the penetrating doubt and debilitating anxiety.
Tomorrow is not in our hands. No one knows what tomorrow brings. The only thing we know about “tomorrow” is that it’s uncertain at best. We can trust God with more than tomorrow…we can trust God with our eternity. Jesus tells you about your future by giving you two simple choices; “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). It’s either here (Rev 20:12-15) or here (Rev 22).
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.