The human mind has incredible ability; our knowledge is impressive, even awesome. We can construct skyscrapers, build and program computers, split the atom, explore outer space, and even explain many of the mysteries of the universe. But we don’t know about tomorrow.
Sit down in a quiet place and think for sixty seconds. With all your thinking you cannot tell what a new day will bring. Whether you’re a Harvard PhD or a scientist with an I.Q. above 170, or a gifted technological specialist, you simply don’t know about tomorrow.
We have the gift of memory with the potential to recall many past experiences, but the future is a mystery. Augustine very rightly said, “God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come: for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless: and understanding of his adversity, he would be senseless.” Here we stand between the past and the future, and we’re torn between our memory of the one and the ignorance of the other.
Ignorance of the future is a wonderful school of humility. Think of the evil things we might do, and the good things we might leave undone if we knew exactly what the future will bring. This is one time we can say that “ignorance is bliss,” in spite of our craving to know the future.
What child would have the heart to begin learning the alphabet if all the high school and university work were known from the beginning? The child would give up at once. Likewise, if we knew the future with all the problems laid out before us, it would frighten us so until we would be unable to function.
How can we face the future with certainty? Go to the one who has the future in his hand. The Bible teaches us to consider God’s plan for the future: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
“Instead you ought to say ‘If it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-16).
These are wise words that gives strength for living one day at a time.