“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 and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:13-17)
Here is some encouragement for those who desire the will of God.
On one level, we are feeble and frail –thus we cannot know and should not speak with certainty about future plans.
We must add the “if” — “If it is the Lord’s will….”
It does not say we should pray about the future so that we can know for sure what God wants for us. No amount of prayer permits us to drop the “if” from our future plans.
The “if” means God is sovereign over all.
The “if” does not make things uncertain or generate insecurity for those who know the One who controls the future.
And, of course, there is so much that we do know about God’s final plans for His redeemed. We can have great hope — even in our darkest hour.
“If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
This is the place of confidence, security and peace – the place for those who rest in God (see: Psalm 62).
Short Audio Reflection: The will of God
More resources on following God’s will here.