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Tomorrow

Tomorrow! That word has such a nice ring to it! It rolls off our tongues with such ease and pretension of sincerity. It is, after all, only a day away. It holds so much promise! It is pregnant with good intentions! No day is held in such high esteem by the procrastinator as tomorrow. 

Tomorrow is the day we begin that much needed diet and exercise program. Tomorrow is the day we stop eating junk food, the day we install a regimen of dietary discipline and aerobic activity. Tomorrow weíll start burning that fat! Tomorrow Iíll fix this or that around the house. Tomorrow Iíll write that much needed letter, make that important phone call, speak that word of encouragement. 

Tomorrow Iíll share the Gospel with my lost friend. Tomorrow Iíll begin waking a halfhour earlier to spend time with God and His Word at the beginning of each day. Tomorrow Iíll begin that Bible reading program that will take me through the Scriptures in a year. Tomorrow Iíll become a tither. Tomorrow I will forsake lust, and shake that bad habit! 

Sound familiar? It should! We all have employed this tool of rationalism to justify todayís laziness and indecision, and to sedate our conscience when good intentions fail to materialize. I suppose we will always love tomorrow for those reasons. 

What saith the Scriptures about tomorrow? Jesus said: "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). Jesus was teaching His disciples to beware of building too much expectation into tomorrow with regard to lifeís concerns. He taught that the true focus of oneís life should be todayís spiritual combat, todayís moral challenges, and todayís wrestling with evil.  

Jesus is not opposed to planning and strategizing. After all, He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. What Jesus warned about was a misplaced focus upon what shall be to the neglect of what is. The immediate context flows from 6:33: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness." Todayís priority is kingdom righteousness. The evil that opposes such an agenda is sufficient unto the day: that is, it is all you can handle. 

Spiritual victories are not won with the good intentions of prognosticators and procrastinators. They are obtained by those who strap on the armor of God today! These engage in spiritual combat today! They are focused upon today! They get things done today! They believe that today is the day of salvation. May God grant this same grace to us all!

 
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