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.”
Observation: (Message Translation)
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”
Yesterday we were all about planning and organizing our lives so that things would and could run smoothly. However, today we see a different side of planning. We see that no matter what “We” have planned that God is still the one who ultimately decides our future. As Christians we need to be reminded of that. If we were able to plan and predict everything that would happen that would leave no room for faith and trusting in the Lord.
I recently (and still am) faced with a health dilemma. I was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders. After several different treatments, natural medicine, etc… the problem has just worsened. Nothing that I seem to try or the doctors have proscribed seems to help. Some relieve the irritation but the problems still persist. I whole heartedly believe that I will be cured and God will heal me. However, I have not seen evidence of it. Through it all God is faithful and has given me strength and hope. I can plan and plan but God holds the future not I. I am now down to my last shot. I have one more medicine that is hopeful in my recovery but it comes with many side issues. One of them being that it would not allow us to have another child. This reality is one that is very hard to swallow and hurts my heart deeply. I have always wanted many children and we have been greatly blessed with three wonderfully beautiful girls. But my heart longs for more. After much prayer and consideration I am leaving it in God’s hands and going ahead with the new medication. I am trusting that it will work and allow me to have a better quality of life and enjoyment with the children he has already blessed me with. I am not worrying about the future because I know that he is already there, He holds it in his hands. I cannot say where this road will lead but I know that if I follow his will he will give me peace and understanding.
Lord, I don’t know the first thing about tomorrow but I know that it is in your hands. Please give me the faith to trust and obey even when it is hard. Give me peace and understanding. Heal me through your will so that I might greater sere you. Thank you for my three little blessings and help me to be fulfilled in you. I love and serve you alone. To you I give glory and honor. Amen