Lord Willing

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : James 4:13-16

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.” (vv. 14-15 niv)

When is the last time you hedged a statement about your future plans with the phrase “Lord willing”? Perhaps you never have, for in North America we are generally able to accomplish what we intend. Nigerians, though, use this phrase often, for the instability of life in their country often leads them to have far less confidence about their future.

Scripture teaches that all people, no matter how blessed, should be humble about their future. James says that our lives are like the morning mist—here for a little while and then gone. Thus, our plans should be so in tune with God’s will that we never do anything without first seeking his guidance. Otherwise, we will be boasting about our own plans, and “all such boasting is evil” (v. 16).

Next time you discuss your future with someone, try slipping in the phrase “Lord willing.” With practice, it should make you more mindful to seek only God’s sovereign will in your life.


Dear Lord, often we seek our own desires and not yours. Help us to seek your will. Amen.