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Presuming on Tomorrow

The Bible warns us against presuming on tomorrow when it says “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knoweth not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). We are not forbidden to plan for or to think about tomorrow, but we are told not to presume upon it. Instead we are told we should live each day with the consciousness that tomorrow may not be ours. It is so easy, in the hustle and bustle of life, to forget this. 

It is both a blessing and a curse that we do not know what tomorrow will bring forth. If we knew the future our lives would be filled with either fear or boredom. Wouldn’t life be dull if we knew the future? What place would there be for adventure and exploration? If the future were known, life would be like watching an old late-night movie that we’ve seen before. It would lose its excitement because the outcome would already be known. Not only would it take the edge off each day’s living if there were no unknown tomorrows, but we’d also be so terrified about the tragedies and disappointments that we knew were ahead that we could not enjoy today.

But if the unknown future is a blessing, it is also a responsibility. Abraham Lincoln planned to join the old New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, but he was assassinated two days earlier and never had a chance to do it.

Since we do not know what shall happen tomorrow, we must do today what we know God wants us to do. To delay may mean your opportunity is forever lost.

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Today's Devotional

Why Wait Until Marriage?

In the old days sex was shrouded with three fears: the fear of conception, the fear of infection, and the fear of detection. Today those fears are largely gone. The pill and other contraceptives have greatly lessened the fear of conception. Antibiotics have greatly lessened the fear of infection, and the automobile has greatly lessened the fear of detection. With the old fears gone, young people are wondering “Why wait for marriage to experience sex?” There are three good reasons.

1. For the sake of others. I still believe one of the greatest arguments against sex before marriage is the possibility of a child. We must not dismiss the old fears too readily. Many, many babies born in the United States each year are born out of wedlock. In addition there are more criminal abortions every year. Babies need all the favorable circumstances they can have as they enter life. Growing up is hard even in the best of families. A child has a right to be born into a home where it is wanted and where there is love and security. God has entrusted to us the power to create life. It is pretty difficult to be causal about that. 

2. For the sake of your own mental health. Francis J. Braceland, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, said, “Premarital sex relations, growing out of the so-called ‘new morality,’ have greatly increased the number of young people in mental hospitals. [Reports]  indicate that liberalized dormitory rules and more lenient attitudes toward sex have imposed stresses on some college women severe enough to cause emotional breakdown.”

3. For the sake of marriage. Whatever may be modern attitudes, real or pretended, toward sexual “freedom,” one thing that most people want is a relationship that is sincere and permanent. Those who wait on sex until marriage have the best chance of a happy, permanent marriage. Studies made by the late Professor Lewis M. Terman of Stanford University have concluded that “of those men and women who have had premarital sexual intercourse, the more promiscuous they have been premaritally, the less likely they are to be happy maritally.” 

Why wait until marriage? For the sake of society, yourself, and others. And that is reason enough.

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