As He wills

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.

Texts: James 4:13-16, NLT and Proverbs 16:9, NASB. Fonts: Charlemagne Std, Marker Felt and MV Boli. All papers and eles from kits by Beth Rimmer (Baliwick, Ode to Spring, Steampunk freebie, Night of the Uber Undead, The Secret Life of Woodlands, Pencils Paint & Pixels, Sand in my Shoes add-on, Vintage Fruitcake and Humbug.
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As He wills — 3 Comments

  1. Good morning Susan! What a blessing to wake and find a notification of a new posting this morning. The scrap is great and the scripture and sentiment is so timely.

    We all make plans as well we should. We have rather certain ideas of how these plans and our lives should play out. I know personally that sometimes what seems like a perfect plan and even one that God has willed can change or get messed up. To me having the attitude “God willing”, reflects a willingness in our heart to be obedient no matter what happens. We have a choice to say “if God wills”. We can choose to even care what He wills or not. It’s interesting to muse on the effect the actions of those who could care less have on those who who desire to be obedient.

    There’s the question, “How do I know what God wills?”. We try to put it in very tangible terms and that’s good because it reflects our desire to know. The truth I find in this meditation is, it’s God’s will that we be willing. To be flexible when plans change and to expect God to make the path clear if only a few steps at a time. I’ve experienced this truth personally and I am thankful the God is Faithful.