If it is the Lord’s will

Lots of us plan for the future. But we don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. We should say “God-willing” and speak tentatively of our future.



Christians speak as though we are the sovereign lords of our own destinies. We assert ourselves and talk boldly about our plans. However, godly people see it quite differently. Paul and others are very tentative about what they will be doing in the future.


Proverbs 16:3Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (NIV translation)

Proverbs 19:21. There are many plans in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s counsel will prevail.

Proverbs 27:1. Don’t boast about tomorrow; for you don’t know what a day may bring.

Isaiah 30:1. “Woe to the rebellious children”, says the LORD, “who take counsel, but not from me; and who make an alliance, but not with my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin,


Sirach 5:7. Don’t wait to turn to the Lord; And put not off from day to day: For suddenly will the wrath of the Lord come forth; And you will perish in the time of vengeance.


Acts 18:21. but taking his leave of them, he said, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you if God wills.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.

1 Corinthians 4:19. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing. And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.

Hebrews 6:3. This will we do, if God permits.

James 4:14. Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

James 4:15. For you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that.”


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