Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Proverbs: What about tomorrow? - June 29, 2010

Proverbs 27:1 (New Century Version)
1Don't brag about tomorrow; you don't know what may happen then.

Luke 12:16-21 (New Living Translation)
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.

19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

James 4:13-14 (New International Reader's Version)

13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city. We will spend a year there. We will buy and sell and make money." 14 You don't even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist that appears for a little while. Then it disappears.

Well, we are winding down our review of the Book of Proverbs, and before we leave this book, it is important to sum up the wisdom in it. We have looked at all kinds of instruction and warnings, points of character and descriptions of godly living and godly people. All these things are in this book and in the Bible to help us know how to live a righteous and godly life, but as we leave the book, here is a "nugget" that does sums it up.

The verse above warns us against having too much confidence in the things of this world. Many of us work all of our lives building up temporal things and material wealth. We wake up each morning forging ahead on plans we may have for the near future and years ahead. But, we need to be extrememly careful if we "go it alone" without the guidance and help of God. If we leave God out of our plans, there is no telling if we will ever make it to the finish we are planning on.

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