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Boasting Could Cost You

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Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

In Luke 12:16-20, Jesus shared a parable about a rich man who had an abundant harvest. Presuming upon tomorrow, he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to store his surplus grain. And he said to himself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Making such a presumption was a critical mistake because 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?”

The rich man’s error wasn’t in planning for the future or saying for a rainy day. It was in his boasting of having plenty of provisions and living a life of ease—but not caring about spiritual riches.

James 4:15-17 addressed the same problem. James instructed believers to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” He added, “As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.”

When you talk and plan for the future, do your words include anything that could be construed as boasting? If so, be careful. All your hard work and effort might be for naught.

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