Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
I remember when I was leaving for Europe… I said I’d be leaving at such and such a date, Lord willing.
“Lord willing,” someone said, “Why do you say that.” I replied, “Well, we’re supposed to say that..”
You could tell from her expression that she thought I was an idiot, and I certainly felt the fool.
That made me think. And, not just of retorts – LOL. No, but of the whys behind the statement.
If we say “Lord willing” like many say “God bless you” after a sneeze, we’ve missed the point. I believe the message is that we are to remember that our days are in His hands, that we are not our own to dispose of. We are soldiers in His army, if you will, to be dispatched as He wills. Paul used the phrase when writing the Corinthians, “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills…” (1 Cor. 4:19).
I’m willing to say those words — and mean them. It’s a reminder to myself that I am not my own.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Indeed.