Daily Devotion, 10/04/2018, “Lord Willing”
James 4:13-16 NLT
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 pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
My dad was had several signature sayings that I assume were picked up from his Oklahoma upbringing. When the weather was frigid, he’d say, “It’s colder than blue blazes out there.” That one never made sense to me but another of his sayings did. He’d finish off most statements he made regarding his plans by saying, “Lord willing, the creek don’t rise.” For example, if we were planning to meet up and hunt the next morning, he’d say something like, “I’ll meet you at the Park and Shop at four-thirty, Lord willing, the creek don’t rise.” Sometimes he’d just say, “Lord willing.” It was his way of saying that he planned to do this or that but that God’s plan could always trump his and he was good with that.
Relative to the infinite span of eternity, the span of our time in this life is microscopic. As James wrote, “Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Because time seemingly flies by faster and faster with each passing season and because our days are quite literally numbered, we need to make the most of the time we have. The best way to do that is to have the grid of, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that” to sift our plans through. It’s not as much about asking God to bless your plans as it about asking God on the front end what His plans for you are. Sometimes He makes that very clear, at other times He’s content to let us move in the direction we were heading anyway but with an awareness that He could change it up at any point and that we need to discern that and then go with it. May it be so for you today.
You are loved!