Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018
Reference text: James 4:13-17
James 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
The construction of a person’s statements, are often determined by the quantity of information available to them, sometimes, the position they occupy and the relationship they have with their listeners. The words from the Epistle of Saint James in the text above, are very popular in the Ghanaian setting hence, one can expect to hear ‘If the Lord wills, I will see you you tomorrow’, at the moment of many goodbyes.
As the last text I reflected on at random last night, I hardly expected it to be the readings of the Church today hence an exposition on the new dimension I received to those words. For this text, the questions one can consider are ‘should that statement always be a part of our language and are we boasting if we do not use them?
When one has knowledge of a certainty, they do not attach conditionals to them when speaking to others about it. As an example, a person who knows they have 50 million dollars in their account, can very easily tell another ‘come for a million tomorrow’ – because they know for a fact that they have that much to spare. When we juxtapose that example with James’ words, the person who knows what the will of God is, can speak with certainty without the use of the attached conditionals.
In God’s word, which is His will, it is written: ‘He will give his beloved good sleep’ and ‘I shall not die, but live to declare the Lord’s goodness’. Hence, one who knows this as His word, can say to another ‘I will see you tomorrow, knowing that the hand of God will be there to protect through the night. That my dear, is not boasting, but a trust in the providence of the Lord to watch over you and usher you into a new day.
Therefore, Sweetheart, when your knowledge pool increases, there ought to be a corresponding change in the content of your words. When you begin to know what the will of God is for you, even your prayers ought to embrace a new dimension because of the assurances and certainty you have in His words even before you open your mouth in prayer.
Remember # an increase in knowledge should go with a change in your words too.