When is the last time you heard someone say “God willing?” When I was a child, it was a common occurrence to include the phrase “God willing” when making statements about the future. Hearing someone say “God willing, I’ll see you tomorrow” or; “God willing, I hope to do xyz”, etc. was an everyday expression in conversation. Its frequent use pointed to a culture that knew God was in charge and had an esteemed reverence for His power and His sovereignty.
Today, I hardly hear “God willing” anymore. Given the new age trend which has transformed our culture, we have been reprogrammed to believe that we are masters of our own universe and that the buck stops with us. For those that believe they are in total control, God has become extinct and has lost His place in their everyday lives. For them, the belief that we need to align our plans with His is an old crutch that we no longer need.
Some of you are probably thinking–“C’mon Kaleb, you’re really archaic in your thinking. Saying ‘God willing’ is redundant. God’s will is for us to be prosperous in all we do and to have a long, healthy, happy life.”
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
It’s true that God wants the best for us – I will never dispute that as His Word clearly states this over and over again. What I am trying to expose is the arrogant heart of man that is pulling him away from God’s preeminence in his life. “God willing” is a humble reminder of where we stand and where He should stand—at the center of our lives and in full control. There’s an old saying which speaks the truth: “Man appoints and God disappoints.” Let’s face it, all the positive thinking and planning in the world does not guarantee us another day. Tomorrow is not promised and neither are the lofty plans that we make for ourselves. While it is always good to be positive, to have goals and to strive for a better life, we should never lose focus of who is in control and who appoints every detail of our life.
James 4:13-17: 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.” 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. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
God bless you. Talk to you all next week…God willing.