Ministers Reflections

God Willing

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

There was a time when a Christian would say “DV” at the end of a statement about the future –

 “We plan to travel this weekend to collect mum – DV”; the wedding will be solemnized on 13th April at Mary Mags DV”; “We meet together next Sunday morning DV when our preacher will be the Revd Jones”.

DV – Deo Volente “God willing”, has rather fallen out of fashion.

We make our plans – and expect them to occur; we are in control…until we aren’t and life spins unexpectedly out of control.

A lump appears. The boss calls you in. A loved one is lost. An ordinary day becomes a memorable date.

We don’t DV anymore – perhaps we should. It serves to remind us of our fragility; that our plans will not necessarily come about.

We would be unwise to live as if life will always be well. We would equally be unwise to live as if nothing ever would be well.

To live DV is to acknowledge life is bigger than I am, and God is bigger than life. To live within the will of God is surely a more certain and accepting place to be, because God’s will comes about. And his will is for your wellbeing.

“God willing” does not mean God wills the pain and suffering you experience life is more complex than that.

It does not mean God wills a particular punishment for you to endure for some sin committed years ago. These are fatalistic and Karmic views of life, not Christian ones.

God wills wonderful things for each of us – he simply invites our belief in Jesus as sovereign, saving Son to bring them about. His plans for us can and will suffer frustrations and deviations from the divine intention, this is a fallen world, but they will ultimately be achieved because DV is our reality.

 

Nick

 


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