What will tomorrow bring?
This is a question I find myself not only asking constantly, but sometimes I feel like I live in it.
There are numerous reasons for this. I am controlling. I am anxious. I am worried. I am excited. I am impatient.
After a year like 2020 who wouldn’t feel this way? We’ve had to constantly change our plans, adjust our plans, and then rewrite our plans. Nothing has gone according to plan. I know that’s not just frustrating for me. It’s frustrating for everyone.
2021 seems like the bad sequel that no one wanted but there was too much left on the first movie’s cutting floor to not go ahead and finish it. I was prepared for getting Covid in 2020 and having to quarantine. Getting sick and having to quarantine in 2021 right when things were starting to return to normal; that was a blow to my plans.
I already had some great plans for this next month, but I had to put those on hold because quarantine and sickness changed my plans.
Plans. Plans. Plans. What will tomorrow bring?
I don’t know. And I cannot know and if I did know I would probably mess it up anyways. But that is okay. I need to be okay with not knowing tomorrow. I need to be okay with my plans not coming to fruition. You do as well. I can only do that if I stop long enough to remember the truth.
I serve the God who knows all things. I serve the God who is at work in all things.
The prophet Isaiah says this in Isaiah 46:8-10:
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
The most important part of this whole passage is the fact that God first reminds his people to listen and more specifically reminds his listeners who they are, transgressors. Our sin is what keeps us from remembering and listening. We must have our sin exposed so that we might see and hear the truth.
When I live in the questions “What will tomorrow bring?” because I am obsessed with controlling the outcomes of whatever situations I’m in, if it’s because I’m anxious about not getting what I want, or I am impatient out of selfish ambition or selfish pursuits that is sin. Sin turns a question that should be exciting and full of possibility into one of anxiety, stress, and frustration. God in his grace calls us out on our sin so that we might then understand why the good news is so good.
That truth is exactly what God then expounds on in v.9-10. There is no other God. He declares the end from the beginning. His purposes will all be accomplished.
Maybe God has been teaching us through the plan destroying year of 2020 and 2021 that we need to hold on loosely to our plans and purposes. We aren’t just supposed to be at peace with the fact that God is in control, we are also being told in this passage that because God’s purposes will be accomplished those are purposes which are worth aligning our plans. Maybe God has been wrecking our plans so that our sinful tendencies might be exposed and we might put our hope in him instead.
And what are God’s plans?
He makes them very clear in Romans 8:28–29.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
God’s plans are for us to become conformed to the image of his Son. To become like Christ. That often means through trials and through sufferings. The ones we have faced so far are surely nothing compared to the ones Christ faced. They are barely anything compared to what the vast majority of Christians have faced over the last 2,000 years.
What will tomorrow bring?
God’s good and perfect plan. Those who trust in Him and turn to Him will experience that wonderful reality. And you know what? I can look forward to God’s plans for he surely has proven himself faithful so far.
Below is a wonderful song from Sovereign Grace Music that reminds us to give our tomorrows to God. I encourage you to take a listen to it.