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Deo Volente

Today’s topic is: Deo Volente. It’s a Latin word and here is how I was familiarize with it.

In our church, we have a lot of elderly people. When you have a conversation with one of them, they will always end a conversation about things that they want to do in the future, with the abbreviation: “DV.” I never asked them what it means because I didn’t want to look stupid, so I got home and Googled it. The abbreviation “DV” means “Deo Volente” and the meaning of these words are: If God permits.

Here in South Africa, you see a lot of businesses names are Deo Volente. The one time when we came back from a visit at my in-laws, along the way we passed a farm at their name bord shown the farm’s name as Deo Volente. You can Google Deo Volente and see how many businesses names are these words in SA.

Paul visited Ephesus when the following happened:

Act 18:19  And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 

Act 18:20  When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; 

Act 18:21  But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. 

I have read the KJV because the ESV, GW and LEB translation all leave out the words in verse 21 of Paul where he states that he needs to attend the feast in Jerusalem. This is the reason why I preach to so many people that other translations leave things out from the Bible and God warns us not to do this.

To come back to my point of today’s topic, Deo Volente, is that we read how Paul also states that he will come back to the people in Ephesus, if God wills. He knew, just like the elderly people in the congregation I find myself in, that whatever we plan, the last say is God’s. We can plan, we can sow but it will only come to light if God wills. He have the last say, whether you are a child of God or not. Everything happens if He wants it like that. Whether you or I like it or not, God is God. He is the only God and He is the the One who have the last say.

Live your life with this knowing. Make plans, dream, sow but knows that if anything succeed, it was God’s will. If it doesn’t come to light, it was also God’s will. We ask why something doesn’t happen the way we want it but we need to remember that God have a plan and everything happens according to that. We might not understand it but that’s where we need to trust Him.

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