While preparing to for today’s message, I heard this hit from Dinah Washington.

“What a difference a day makes
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain”

Ever felt like that? When you finally land that dream job in the company you always wanted to join; when you finally sign that contract with the team you wanted to play for; when you finally hear the doctor announce that your cancer is in full remission; when your wayward child finally comes home; it certainly feels like that, doesn’t it? There’s a lot of difference a day can make.

But what happens if that same day took away the sun and the flowers and instead brought the rain? What if you realized you couldn’t stay in that 6-figure employment any longer because the things they made you do went against your conscience; what if the team you joined benched you for most of the season; what if, for the first time, you heard the doctor tell you that you had cancer; what if your child suddenly left home? There’s a lot of difference a day can make.

And that is why the writer of Proverbs says,

“Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1

I will always remember September 11 because when it happened; even though I hadn’t fully appreciated the gravity of the situation, even though it was literally many miles removed from me; I heard a good friend of mine, a manly Cuban of 50, sob over the phone because his son was in one of those buildings; and at that very moment, the World Trade Center came up close and September 11 became personal. There certainly was a lot of difference that day made.

And for many of us, we have all had that ‘life-changing’ day in our lives; and if we are honest, those days have gone both ways. So it makes sense then for us, no matter what station of life we are in, that we

“Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow;”
Because quite honestly, “you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.” Proverbs 27:1 [MSG]

You know, Jesus told us this story,

“The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’” Luke 12:16-19 [MSG]

It’s a terrific story isn’t it? It certainly was a ‘life-enhancing’ season for the rich man.

“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’” Luke 12:20 [MSG]

But why? Is God a kill-joy? Beloved, far from. Remember, Jesus told us this story. It was a story. It wasn’t a factual recount. It’s not like Jesus made an example out of someone’s life just to prove a point.

And Jesus’ stories always aim to teach us a life lesson. In this case, the life lesson is this. Count the number of ‘I’s used by the rich man. Everything he thought of to do after he got the crop was centered around ‘I’. Every praise that came after he got the crop came from his lips and fell upon himself. And there is folly in his actions.

I mean, let’s be honest, who gave him the crop in the first place? Him? Did he cause the sun to rise in the morning and set in the evening? Did he cause the rains to fall in season and stop so that he could harvest? Did he give the earth nutrients to nourish the crop? So how could he presume to know that his good crop is going to last?

Consider also what Mary told Jesus when He arrived after Lazarus had died.

“Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”” John 11:32

Was she in charge of Jesus’ itinerary here on earth? Was it her job to plan His miracles and journey? So how could she presume to know just where Jesus would go, what schedule Jesus would keep and just what Jesus would do?

Beloved, make no mistake. Because we have put our faith in Jesus, because we have answered His call and let Him into our lives, because

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

We are a part of our Father and we are His children. That will never change. So,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Indeed, beloved, when we are faced with a ‘life-destroying’ day,

“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!” Luke 12:32 [AMPC]

And no matter what lies ahead, it doesn’t change the fact that our Father told us,

“I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [MSG]

Yet, let us not presume to know the times of our Father nor should we try and make Him fit our timeline. Remember what Jesus told His disciples when they passed the blind man on the street?

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” John 9:1-3

Everything that happens in your life has a purpose; so that the works of God should be revealed in you. Things don’t happen to suit your schedule nor do things happen to fulfill your agenda. Indeed,

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”” Isaiah 55:8-9

Yes, things can change in an instant for both good and bad. Yet, no matter what happens, we know that it all happens so that the works of God are revealed in us.

So as Jesus told His disciples,

“But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” Luke 22:36

Be prudent, plan ahead and move as the Spirit guides you. Yet don’t let your plans and prudence lull you into a false sense of security, thinking that you now have control over your future. Instead, remember, you who say,

““Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”” James 4:13-15

Let us not trust in man for the things that will happen in our future, for

“…of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36

Instead, let us trust in the love of our Father and rest in His assurance,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17

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