We live in a time when most of us plan for today and even tomorrow out of habit because if we don’t put things on our calendar we just might forget. And there are times when we would just as soon forget tomorrow because there is no guarantee in this life. Most of you will remember Annie; she had a good way of looking at tomorrow that would cover the todays that weren’t up to par. She sang, believing – When I’m stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely I just stick up my chin and grin and say: oh the sun will come out tomorrow. Would that it were so, but all too frequently it is not.
You might also be thinking that this devotional will not be what you want to read because you just really don’t have time to think about tomorrow at the moment – maybe later on when you have more time. Admit it, it is probably 99% true! Besides doesn’t God’s Word tell us – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34). The key word here is worry; it’s true we shouldn’t worry, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider what we are going to need to meet whatever is thrown our way tomorrow. After all, we must consider what training we need to secure the particular plan we have in mind for ourselves and our future. That’s surely true! We want to be successful!
It would seem to me that considering eternity could be put off, at least for awhile. The problem here, friends, is that none of us have a crystal ball in which we can see our future. My eternity might come much sooner than yours, but one never knows, does one? Our current world situation is not one in which we can truly relax. Or can we? God’s Word, not to be taken lightly, tells us - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Now that does give one great comfort!
However, I have a feeling that God has placed within the heart of man a desire for eternity. We know certain things about Heaven because the Word gives us a basic picture of what to expect. We know that there is a mansion especially prepared for each one of us and that there will be joy unspeakable with a permanent absence of pain and suffering. The cost of our ticket is not exorbitant; it is simply a matter of asking. When one of the criminals who was crucified with our Lord asked to be remembered when Jesus entered His kingdom Jesus replied – Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise (Luke 23:43).
Now that doesn’t mean we should be careless about our future, it simply means that our Lord is ever forgiving and ever ready to accept our plea for forgiveness when we are sincerely contrite. When our Creator chose to make man He made him in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them (Genesis 1:27-28). God’s intention was that He would have many sons and daughters. Somewhere along the line we have forgotten His plan and substituted our own, but it is not too late to change. In the book of Isaiah we find the prophet speaking of many future things as having already taken place as he says – Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you (60:1-2). The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with plans for today and tomorrow as long as they are part of our master plan for eternity. Ella W. Wilcox tells us -
Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate,
As we voyage along through life,
‘Tis the set of the soul that decides the goal
And not the calm or the strife.