Proverbs 27:1 Don’t Count Your Chickens In Business

Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.

Don’t Count Your Chickens In Business

Business people tend to look at the future.  We have venture capital, speculation, and yearly forecasts.  The Bible dictates the Christian’s attitude to these attempts by bringing the whole matter to God.  James interprets this verse with aplomb in James 4:

13 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.” 14 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. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.


  1. What should people refrain from boasting about?
  2. Why should they refrain?
  3. How does James help us to understand Proverbs?
  4. How do you feel about your financial future?
  5. How would God have you think about your financial future?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to Proverbs 27:1 Don’t Count Your Chickens In Business

  1. Dan S. says:

    God places us in certain capacities so that we can do his work and grow.

    “If it is the Lords will, we will live or do this and that”‘- this reminds me of a sermen I heard on the Lords will for us. One of the Lords’ calls is for us to not be concerned about ourselves, but to be concerned about others around us. To put this in perspective, think of the Irish Setter dog (aka the Irish Pointer). When a hunter shoots a duck (or whatever bird), the job of the Irish Pointer is to find the fallen duck and sit by the duck, thus alerting the hunter to the location. Christ calls for us to point others in the right direction, much like the Irish Setter. Therefore, we need not be worried about ourselves, there will always be someone to point us in the direction of Glory and salvation- Jesus Christ. We must open our hearts to Jesus Christ so that he can direct us in the path of his love and so that we can direct others toward the same path.

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