When I was a young child growing up, it was common for people to say, e.g. We’re planning a vacation this spring, DV.” What were they saying? DV is short for the Latin words, Deo Volente meaning GOD WILLING. I rarely here people say these words today.
However, it is Scriptural. James 4:13-15 says: “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain. Whereas ye know now what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For what ye ought to say, IF THE LORD WILL, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers: “I will come to you shortly, IF THE LORD WILL” (1 Corinthians 4:19). And again: "I trust to tarry a while with you, IF THE LORD PERMIT:" (1 Corinthians 16:7).
Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Proverbs 16:9 is so true: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
As we go into this New Year, we can trust our Sovereign God implicitly. He knows the way He has planned for us. It is already written in His book. We make our plans, but let’s always be ready to say DV and be open to God changing and leading us in His ultimate plan (Psalm 37:23; 48:14; Proverbs 19:21; and Jeremiah 10:23).
This takes all the sting out of life. When things don’t go our way, we know that God’s way is better. I’s not always easier, but it’s always better. Even the most difficult, despairing, and terrible things God is working out for good. Read Genesis 45:6-8; 50:20; and Romans 8:28.
We can trust God in every situation. He is sovereign.
God be with you today,