I’LL BE BETTER TOMORROW Andy Hollifield 8-3-17
Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more forever.
The words “to morrow” is used 56 times in the bible and the words “the morrow” is used another 46 times. “To day” is used 69 times and the word “better” 117 times. I heard a comment made in church one night that went something to the effect of,”I’m not what I used to be and I’m not what I should be, but I’ll be better tomorrow.” That is a good positive outlook and being the eternal optimist that I try to be, I like it. There is no good going to come out of having a defeated attitude going forward. We should always be planning on things getting better. Like I always say when someone tells me about having a rough day, “it will either get better or get over, it always does”. I have had some of those days that seemed like they would never end and sometimes they never got better. But I am not intending to talk about bad days but rather this one statement; “I’ll be better tomorrow.”
We should face each day with the outlook that Joshua told the children of Israel; “Tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you”. This was the day before the Lord parted Jordan and let Israel pass through on dry ground. We may not need a river parted but we should expect God to do wonders in our lives each day because Psalms 68:19 says “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” If God keeps loading us with benefits each day, we have to be better each day. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;…” One of my favorite passages in the bible is Lamentations 3:21-24. It says (21) “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. (22) It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (24) The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” The entire third chapter is some of the most precious encouraging scripture there is in my opinion. Just as the Israelites had to gather new manna every morning, so are God’s blessings and mercy to us. Acts 2:47 says, “…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Can you imagine that? Going to the temple each day just waiting with anticipation to see who was going to accept the Lord as their Savior. If we went to God’s house with the salvation of the lost first and foremost on our minds, we could see God save souls a lot more frequent than what we do. Acts 16:5 says, “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” The word “daily” is used 63 times in the bible. That is not surprising because we should wake up to face each day with the anticipation that God is going to do wonders in our life today. We should always have the attitude that we are going to do better today. How can we expect to do better tomorrow if we are always waiting for things to get worse?
I personally believe we should plan for tomorrow but not be consumed with worry about it. Christ taught in Matthew 6:34 listed above, that we should concentrate on today and not worry so much about tomorrow. We can’t change tomorrow until we get there and tomorrow never actually comes because it always becomes today. And just like Moses told the Israel in Exodus 14:13 “Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which he will shew to you to day…” Whatever our need is on a day by day basis, God is able to meet it. The question is asked in Genesis 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” That question is answered in Jeremiah 32:17, “…there is nothing too hard for thee.” “I’ll be better tomorrow.” Yeah we will be if we are walking with the Lord because of all the grace he has bestowed upon us. We will see him do wonders today and tomorrow and we will see his saving salvation again tomorrow just like we will today. I will be better tomorrow because he will be with me and I will be one day closer home than I am today. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!