Consider the following quotation from the Psalms:

As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.

And the following teaching from Jesus:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Meditate on how these two ideas come together:

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

Plans – we make them for a future we can’t control. Plans are necessary and good, but they often become a source of false security. We feel secure when we have a plan. But a plan is not a promise of what tomorrow will bring.

It’s tempting to boast in “tomorrow’s gain.” Yet the fallacy of doing so becomes clear when circumstances are in flux. The true nature of a plan is revealed: uncertainty. A plan is an educated guess, not a guarantee.

To look to the future with certainty is, in a word, foolish. To accept this truth is to be humbled, acknowledging the limits of human knowledge. We desire to know the future but are forced to look outside of ourselves to seek it.

What plans have you made recently?