What About Tomorrow?

The future can be terrifying, especially if we believe the lie we’re supposed to know what it looks like (See: Why I Don’t Have a 5-Year Plan). Our eyes, our minds, our perception is made for today only. We’re limited creatures who can only be in one place at a time, exist in one time at a time. But there is One who is not bound by these restrictions. He breathed our universe creating time. He cannot be contained by Heaven or earth. And He loves us.

Walking with God is all about trust. We cannot even generate our next breath without His divine provision. Why do we think frail as we are, the future is our responsibility? Sometimes I feel like I can barely do today, so when He says He holds my future, it should be a relief instead of a stressor.

Does that mean we shouldn’t make any plans? Unfortunately our world doesn’t work that way and if we told everyone on the day of what our plans were, we wouldn’t have many people left in our lives.

I work in home health care, so I make appointments for days, sometimes a week ahead of time. But I’m always sure to tell my patients the time could change. Because so many things could happen between now and then; one of my kids could be sick causing me to stay home. I could have car trouble. The list is infinite.

So what should we do?

Thankfully the Bible gives very clear instructions about making plans:

“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. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”

James 4:13-15

We can make our plans. We can have hopes for tomorrow. But we must always remember that we live by the will of God.

When He tells us,

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6

He’s really asking for our trust. He tells us to be thankful, putting into words His faithfulness. I’m sure He loves to hear our prayers of gratitude, but they serve a dual purpose. They remind us that God was faithful yesterday, is faithful today, and will be faithful tomorrow.

For this reason I try to keep a running list of God’s faithfulness to me – from the deliveries of both of our children as healthy, well-developed babies, to protecting me from cutting my hand off when the scrub brush slipped off the blade of a kitchen knife.

Draw close to Him when you feel anxious. He will be found. And He can be trusted.

Breathe in. Breathe out. He is with you – always.

It doesn’t mean we won’t suffer. It doesn’t mean it will go as planned. But it does mean He’ll be there. He’s already there, holding our tomorrows.

When we ask, “But what about tomorrow?”

He answers, “Don’t worry. I’ve got it.”

We can be free of the fear of tomorrow because we know who loves us today.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”

1 John 4:18

God, help me stay in the present where I belong. Help me to see that anxiety steals my today and gives me a false tomorrow. Replace my fear with faith in your love. I stand on your promises, knowing you are always with me. In the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen.

About megstoike

I'm a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.

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