“If” the Lord wills

Sometimes it is not about knowing with certainty what the Lord’s will is.

Sometimes it is about being certain that the Lord’s will — whatever it may be — takes precedence over all of our best laid plans. We cannot know what a day will bring, or whether we will even be here at the end of the day. But the Lord’s will must be done, and He must receive the glory, fulfilling all of His purposes and plans in the world, and in our lives, and in our passing out of this world into His eternity.

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow let’s go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit.” Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that.””
—James 4:13-15

Not out of pre-existent matter, but out of nothing

“By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.” —Hebrews 11:3 WEB

“by faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing” —Hebrews 11:3 YLT

Matthew Henry on Hebrews 11.3:

“We have here one of the first acts and articles of faith, which has a great influence on all the rest, and which is common to all believers in every age and part of the world, namely, the creation of the worlds by the word of God, not out of pre-existent matter, but out of nothing, v. 3. The grace of faith has a retrospect as well as prospect; it looks not only forward to the end of the world, but back to the beginning of the world. By faith we understand much more of the formation of the world than ever could be understood by the naked eye of natural reason. Faith is not a force upon the understanding, but a friend and a help to it. Now what does faith give us to understand concerning the worlds, that is, the upper, middle, and lower regions of the universe? 1. That these worlds were not eternal, nor did they produce themselves, but they were made by another. 2. That the maker of the worlds is God; he is the maker of all things; and whoever is so must be God. 3. That he made the world with great exactness; it was a framed work, in every thing duly adapted and disposed to answer its end, and to express the perfections of the Creator. 4. That God made the world by his word, that is, by his essential wisdom and eternal Son, and by his active will, saying, Let it be done, and it was done, Ps. xxxiii. 9. 5. That the world was thus framed out of nothing, out of no pre-existent matter, contrary to the received maxim, that “out of nothing nothing can be made,” which, though true of created power, can have no place with God, who can call things that are not as if they were, and command them into being. These things we understand by faith. The Bible gives us the truest and most exact account of the origin of all things, and we are to believe it, and not to wrest or run down the scripture-account of the creation, because it does not suit with some fantastic hypotheses of our own, which has been in some learned but conceited men the first remarkable step towards infidelity/unbelief, and has led them into many more [faithless conclusions].”

Manifested in the Presence of God

“not into holy places made with hands did the Christ enter — figures of the true — but into the heaven itself, now to be manifested in the Presence of God for us
—Hebrews 9:24

“therefore also He is able to save to the very end, those coming through Him unto God — ever living to make intercession for them
—Hebrews 7.25

“And Christ/Anointed being come, chief priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands — that is, not of this creation — neither through blood of goats and calves, but through Hist own blood, did enter in once into the Holy Places, age-during redemption having obtained”
—Hebrews 9:11,12

“now once, at the full end of the ages, for putting away of sin through His sacrifice, He has been manifested”
—Hebrews 9:26

(from Young’s literal translation)