"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." (James 4:13-15)
We read that the Apostle Paul, when he was in Ephesus, and they tried to persuade him to tarry longer "bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus." Acts 18:21.
To the Corinthians, he also wrote, "But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will..." 1Cor. 4:19. All the godly, like the Apostles, have used the phrase, "If the Lord will..." or "God willing..." and we should use it likewise in all our planning.
It is an expression of our submission to Him, and to His will, and acknowledgment of His sovereignty and our dependence upon Him. We are sorry to see it so little mentioned in the vocabulary of many Believers, who speak so much of THEIR plans, the work THEY want to do, the schemes THEY intend to execute and places THEY are going to visit. We believe we are most pleasing to our Lord when we constantly use the words, "God willing," or "If it pleases the Lord," for we express in this way our dependence on Him without Whom we can do nothing.
Many schemes and plans came to nothing because they were conceived in self-will and executed in self-confidence; but if we make all dependent on His will and HIS sanction we may expect His fullest blessing.
Our Hope Magazine, September 1943 Modified for the Web by Cobblestone Road Ministries..