Do you ever make statements like these?
“We’re going to the beach next week for one last time this year before it’s too cold.” Or…
“I’ll meet you for lunch tomorrow at 11:30.” Or…
“Oh, that sounds great! I’ll be there!” Or even…
“We’re having lasagna for supper.”
We say these kinds of things and don’t think anything of it. We fill our calendars and planner apps with all kinds of “I will’s” and all kinds of plans, from appointments and schedules to menus and to-do lists.
And planning is certainly wise. But only if we keep in mind something very important.
In James 4:13-14 we are warned not to say, “I will.”
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
God reminds us here that we don’t know enough to be able to say with certainty what will happen or won’t happen from one day, or even one moment, to the next. We don’t even know if we will still be alive from one moment to the next!
Therefore, we are told in the next verse…
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. James 4:15
We don’t have the power to ensure that our plans are carried out. And, therefore, should qualify our “I will” statements and plans with the words and understanding that “I will…if the Lord wills.”
Why It Can Be Wrong to Say “I will”
After we’re told how to better express our plans, the Lord explains further in the next verse…
But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. James 4:16
The Lord tells us that speaking without acknowledging that God is ultimately in control of our schedules and plans is actually evil.Wow! That may seem kind of harsh at first thought.
But when I think of another, who said “I will” as though he was in control of his own existence, I can understand why such speaking is prideful and evil.
It’s something Satan does! Satan makes five “I will” declarations in Isaiah 14:12-15. These prideful statements result in his being cast out of heaven and one day thrown into hell for all eternity—by the only One who can, with all certainty say “I will”…the Almighty God!
God Says “I will”
Our reading this week begins with God repeating the phrase “I will” seven times as He explains to Moses how He will deliver the Israelites from slavery and bring them out of Egypt and into the promised land.
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD. Exodus 6:6-8
Why is it that God can say “I will”?
Why is it that God can make such certain pronouncements?
Because He is the LORD.
Notice God begins and ends His promise to Moses with the statement, “I am the LORD.”
That was their guarantee that all of this would take place!
God could make these definite pronouncements of “I will,” because He is God Almighty! He is sovereign over ALL and can do ANYTHING! Absolutely nothing is impossible with God.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
Not only is He El Shaddai, God Almighty…the self-sufficient promise maker—He is also LORD, Jehovah…the promise fulfiller.
This is wonderful for us!
This is wonderful for us, because…
He will even do miracles in order to keep that promise! He will move Heaven and earth to fulfill His promises. Just as He did for the Israelites.
As I read in Exodus this week, I was amazed all over again imagining what it might have been like to live through this time of unimaginable plagues. And to witness and realize God’s sovereign power over all His creation and His creatures.
And then I thought about the fact that…miracles are only miraculous to us.
Water into blood? For God…big deal.
He made them both to begin with…out of nothing. He can certainly start with something, one of these, and turn it into the other!
The One who made all things and the laws of nature that govern them, can certainly defy those laws and work His mighty works among men. Such as making it be utter darkness…in the daytime…over only one part of the land of Egypt. And continuously for three days!
My Favorite “I will” Promises From God
Every one of God’s promises are an “I will” statement. I am so thankful for each one of God’s promises. But I have a few favorite “I will” promises from God. I’ve shared them in this printable.
While some of these promises are conditional, requiring some action from us first, we can with all certainty expect God to do His part…once we’ve done ours. He will perform all His promises…as His name Jehovah, LORD, signifies.
And that is the power and comfort behind every one of God’s precious promises!
If you’ve been a little afraid to trust and rest in God’s deliverance for your situation, I hope you will realize just how certain it is that God will help you and uphold you and carry you.
Take that leap of faith into the arms of Jehovah, your LORD, and rest in faith. For He has said…“I will.”
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
Drawing nigh to Him,
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
What is your favorite promise from God? What promise are you trusting God for right now? Is it one of my favorite “I Will” promises?