Two Tomorrows

When tomorrow comes, it is not the same for everybody. Some awake to peace and prosperity while some unfortunately awake to disaster and ruin. Although nothing seems to change today, a tomorrow comes and everything changes in the blink of an eye. Everything is turned around, from despair to delight, or from dreams to destruction. Whatever the case, it all depends on how one takes their today- whether good or bad. Tomorrow is not like the tossing of a coin, not knowing which side will land. Rather, tomorrow is like a crop sprouting, whose seed was planted today.

When tomorrow comes, circumstances change. Like when famine in besieged Samaria lasted long and food was so scarce and expensive, that people even cooked their children and ate them. In such a case, today never seems to end, and we are tempted to say like the King of Samaria, ‘Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?’ (2 Kings 6:33). However, God has a different response about our tomorrow.

This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah (about 1 kilogram) of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel at the gate of Samaria’

(7:v1)

How is that even possible? How can one transition from famine to bounty in a day? Aren’t there processes? ‘But with God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26) and so most times, tomorrow does not make sense, for today seems like the end. We only focus on our limitations and not on God’s unlimited power. And the worst we can do on our disastrous today is exclaim like the officer on whose arm the king was leaning, ‘Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?’ (v2). The Officer clearly underestimated God’s hand in the tomorrow, causing Elisha the prophet to tell him, ‘You will see it with your own eyes’, answered Elisha, ‘but you will not eat any of it!’ (v2).

Just like that, the man’s tomorrow had a disastrous end. When tomorrow came, the people awoke to peace and prosperity but the Officer met his destruction. ‘The people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria, as the Lord had said’ (v16). ‘The Officer who had said to the man of God, ‘Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of heaven, could this happen?’ The man of God had replied, ‘You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!’. And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died’ (v19-20).

Another man met a disastrous tomorrow, just like the Officer. Although his today was that of prosperity, everything changed tomorrow. ‘The rich man produced a good crop . . . Then he said, ‘This is what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones . . . And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry’. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (Luke 12:16-20). Through this Parable of the Rich Fool, God cautions, ‘This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God’ (v21).

What we do and how we take our today determines how our tomorrow will turn out. When we trust in other things other than God, we will definitely have a disastrous tomorrow. Because, ‘whoever trusts in his riches will fall’ (Proverbs 11:28). James also cautions those who boast about tomorrow on the basis of their riches and own abilities saying, ‘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?  . . . Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’ (James 4:13-15). James is alluding to putting God first in our plans today so we can see a good tomorrow. In other words, one ought to, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).

When we also doubt and disbelief God’s Word like the Officer, our tomorrow will be full of disaster. When we despise the Word of God, we despise our life because as Jesus puts it, ‘you refuse to come to me to have life’ (John 5:40). This is because God’s words are ‘spirit and they are life’ (John 6:63). When God says it can be done, we should agree with Him regardless of what our eyes see, how dire the situation is, or what people say.

Many remain in unbelief and even mock when God’s Word says, ‘your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 7:48), ‘I am the way the truth and the life’, ‘No-one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6) ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’ (John 8:36), or ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ’ (Ephesians 1:3). The degree to which we uphold and believe God’s Word will determine our tomorrow- our end. Because when tomorrow comes, ‘multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt’ (Daniel 12:2).

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