Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Proverbs 27:1 NASB
One of the great errors in our thinking is the word “tomorrow”. Whether that’s with our work when we say, “I can worry about studying tomorrow. Today I’ll just be lazy and unproductive.” Or with broken relationships with friends or family. “We just had an argument but I’ll apologize tomorrow.” But the most dangerous usage of all is in regards to sin and repentance.
Satan’s arsenal of weapons is quite large but one of his most effective is the deception of tomorrow. Do you ever find yourself making an excuse to sin today because tomorrow is a fresh start? Have you ever encountered an unbeliever who gives you the excuse of later?
But, the great word of the Bible is always “today”.
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice,”
Hebrews 3:7 NASB
It is never sometimes, but always now; never tomorrow, but always today. We must say with the Psalmist, “I hastened and did not delay…” Psalm 119:60 NASB
Don’t be like the Roman governor Felix who when he heard Paul preach in Acts 24:25 NASB, waited until tomorrow. In the verse, Paul preached just as we ought to preach, as a dying man to dying men and Felix was greatly afraid. This pagan man who was very much in love with his sin had his conscience stirred. He must have been in a mood when he might have repented and turned back to God. But instead of acting upon his conviction, Felix dismissed Paul saying, “Go away for the present, and when I have time I will summon you.”
Never again did Felix tremble, though he must summoned Paul to preach for him many more times. Never again was his conscience stirred as that first time. All because he said “tomorrow” when God’s word is today. For to the one who says “tomorrow”, James says, “You do not know what your life will be tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14 NASB
No one should put off anything that can be done today for tomorrow. No one should leave for tomorrow the breaking of a bad habit but most of all, no one should leave until tomorrow repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. You can say tomorrow to anyone or anything. But not to Christ, and not to eternal life.
“Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow! Alas, tomorrow never comes! It is in no calendar, except the almanac of fools.
C. H. Spurgeon