What “D.V.” means and why we should use it often when we plan our week

Chris —  October 5, 2009 — 16 Comments

“D.V.” refers to the Latin phrase, “Deo Volente” and means, “God willing.”"

James 4:13-17 tells us why we should use it often:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.(James 4:13-17)."

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16 responses to What “D.V.” means and why we should use it often when we plan our week

  1. Love this, Chris. About ten years ago there was a widow that I visited once a week in a nursing home and she told me a story about a godly woman who had been her maid many years before and faithfully visited my widow friend in the nursing home even though she, too, was elderly and had great difficulty getting around. My friend said that this visitor always concluded her conversation with, “I’ll see you soon if the Lord wills it so.” And one day, the Lord willed it that my friend’s friend went on to be with Him before my friend and she did not see her soon. That story stuck with me and has influenced the way I look at anything beyond this very moment. I love having the latin phrase for it. Would make a great title for a blog, wouldn’t it?

  2. I ran across this phrase in the taxi on the way home from the 2010 Annual Peacemaker Conference. Although it wasn’t Deo Volente that was used, instead it was Insha’Allah. I looked it up in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insha'Allah

    Same concept, different culture…

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