James 4:14-15, “14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
You are familiar with this line, “I am the master of my own destiny” said by a number of people. They feel they can navigate their lives correctly to its destiny. Let’s keep some of these things in mind; can anyone control how they breathe? For instance, close you nose and mouth and see if you can control it even for a minute. Have you ever caught yourself falling a sleep? If you think about it, you only discover that you already slept but you can’t see yourself falling a sleep step by step till you actually sleep. Statistics shows 10 out 10 people die. Can we control our destiny? We can’t even add a minute to our lives. Who knows for sure that they will live another day or better narrow it down, who can guarantee to live another minute?
I have used this story before of a young teenage woman is engaged to be married but she gets pregnant before she is married and the child is not her fiancée’s. What would you recommend for her to do? Tough situation, remember she is a teenager, she is engaged, she is pregnant and the child is not her fiancée’s. Based on the life a head of her and the current situation that makes it hard, should she abort? Should she be the one to define that baby’s destiny? I will answer this question at the end.
Every minute we breath and live, we owe it to God. He is the Master of our destiny. In as much as we plan what we will do, our lives are in His hands. No one knows if they will make it another day, life is like a vapor. It’s here today and gone tomorrow. James encourages us to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live”. The out come is in His hands. A little boy was talking to a very wise old man. There was no question the old man did not have a wise answer for. This little boy determined to prove that the old man was not as wise as they thought and decided to play a mischief on him. The little boy caught a live bug and covered it gently with both his hands; the old man could not see if it was alive or dead. The boy then turned and asked the old man if the bug was alive or dead. The old man knowing what was in the mind of this little boy thought for a second. This is what ran through his mind, “if I say it’s dead, he will open his hands and let the bug fly away but if I say it is alive, the boy will squash that bug and kill it” whichever way he looked at it, he was going to be wrong so he applied wisdom. The old man turned to the boy and said, “The life or death of that bug is in your hands”. Like the bug in that little boys hands, so are we in God’s hands. Our prayer ought to be, “we can only make it if God gives us a chance”. We ought to live as though there is no tomorrow (prepared for eternity) and live as though there is tomorrow physically totally depending on God. I can only live if He gives me a chance and not because I planned to. “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
By the way, if you recommended for the young teenage woman to abort, she would have aborted Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the giver of life. Blessings Ev