by Harley Howard

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The Foolishness of Tomorrow (28 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 27:1

1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

It is very interesting the range of definitions that this word "boasts" means in Hebrew. Not only does it refer to a person, in a negative sense, who makes his or her boast in themselves, but it means in the positive sense, to praise or to glory. In the negative sense again, it could also mean that a person is a madman, as well as a fool. Keep all of this in mind.

The Proverbist is absolutely clear in his instruction, or should I say, in his warning, that so many of us so often practice. That is, boasting ourselves about tomorrow. The question naturally arises, "Is it wrong to make plans for tomorrow or next week or next year?" Not necessarily. The thought here is of making plans without God, and that will be clearly seen in a few moments.

The Proverbist makes a simple and airtight case for eliminating self-boasting.

• First of all he says that we have no ability to know what today, or this day, will bring forth or produce.

We have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of the events that will happen to anyone of us today. We have no knowledge of whether we will live to see the remainder of this day or not. We have no knowledge of whether some tragedy, some pain, some unexpected whatever may come our way. I find it rather amusing that those who are involved in self-boasting are those who will always predict good things happening to them, as if tragedy will never come their way or to their home or to their family or to their own lives. Our arrogance, or should say our madness, is seen whenever something strikes our lives that affects our fantasy world. Our madness is also seen when something happens in our lives that affects the plans that we made for the future. We respond as if tragedy is for someone else, maybe for some of those bad people, the chil ...

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