Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money . . .” Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live to do this or that.” (James 4:13, 15 NIV1984)

cabin“Come look at this house, Mace!” I hollered as I sat at my desk reading through some emails.

My husband and I were planning to move to western North Carolina when our youngest daughter graduated from high school. A Realtor we had contacted when we vacationed in the Smoky Mountains often sent us information on possible houses.

One house particularly caught my interest because of its size, price, and mountain view. After my husband looked at it, we wondered if he should fly down to see this amazing bargain before someone else snatched it.

I sent an email to the Realtor to determine his availability for the next weekend, and my husband checked flight prices. But the next morning as I prayed about the house, I felt no peace.

Why the rush? the Holy Spirit seemed to say.

It’s perfect, I countered. And it’s priced so low. How can we pass it up?

Still I was restless.

Two days passed. I expressed my doubts to my husband. He agreed that waiting was probably the wiser choice, so I cancelled the plans with the Realtor.

That weekend both our washing machine and our refrigerator broke. When I considered the unexpected expense of repairing the refrigerator and replacing the washing machine, I was thankful we had chosen to let the “perfect” house go.

James advised his readers to acknowledge God’s sovereignty by prefacing their plans with “If it is the Lord’s will.” I used that phrase when I prayed about the house in North Carolina. “Lord,” I said, “if it’s your will for us to buy that house, make it clear to me.” When I felt restless rather than restful about my husband flying down to see the house, I knew it wasn’t a good idea.

Praying about financial decisions before finalizing them gives God an opportunity to change our minds. Waiting a few days, weeks, or even months may also help us determine the difference between what we want and what we need.

What financial decisions are you confronting today? Pray, then wait. Allow God the time to reveal His perfect will to you.

Photo courtesy of and Evgeni Dinev.

Denise K. Loock is a freelance writer and Associate Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her devotions and stories appear in best-selling books and magazines. She is also the founder of and writer for, a website dedicated to enabling Christians to dig deeper into God’s Word. In 2010, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas released Denise’s first collection of devotions—Open Your Hymnal: Devotions That Harmonize Scripture With Song. Find out more about the book at

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