Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 26, 2019

“If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 18:12-22.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+18&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Paul, having remained many days longer, took leave of the brethren and put out to sea for Syria, and with him were Priscilla and Aquila.  In Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow.  They came to Ephesus, and he left them there.  Now he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.  When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent, but taking leave of them and saying, “I will return to you again if God wills,” he set sail from Ephesus.

When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch.”  Acts 18:18-22.

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Paul set a good example for us by stating:  “I will return to you again if God wills”.

Paul recognized that even if he strongly wanted to return to Ephesus, intended to return, planned and fully prepared to return, the purpose of his return was to preach the gospel and strengthen the church, and had every other good reason to believe that he would return, he was mortal and God alone was sovereign Who would totally control whether or not Paul would return according to God’s will.

Other doctrine believe and teach that events are controlled by man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine believes and teaches that events are controlled by God’s will. 

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  James 4:13-15.

“The mind of man plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.


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