Shall and Will

written by Mary Jane Wilkie

I have often pondered the difference between “shall” and “will, ” and of course most of us rarely or never use “shall, ” except to express determination, or in utterances such as “Shall I call a taxi? ”

As a child, I learned( Matthew 7:7) “Seek and ye shall find, ” but most modern Bibles render it as “Seek and you will find.” It appears that we have cast aside the distinction between shall and will. I think this indicates a change in mindset, and while I has not been able to researched such matters, I believe there is food for thought here.

Once, when I was looking for a racket, my investments “re not” healthy. As most of us have knowledge, refusal is common in job searches, and maintaining a positive spirit is challenging. One day, however, strolling across a parking lots, I ran into a onetime colleague, who was then a professor at a major university. We brought one another up to date and a few weeks later, he called to advise me of an opening there. An adjunct primacy, it paid me well enough to face my financial difficulties, and even save some fund in the process. I was much more than I had imagined earning.

Recalling the biblical passage promotions me remember that my part of the bargain is to seek and that God will provide what I need. I also should remember that God’s imagination is greater than mine and that God might have something better in store for me than what I am searching. This was the case with this opportunity, and it came from an sudden residence , not at all where I was looking.

Will refers to what we can accomplish through our own actions; shall refers to results beyond our restrain, i.e ., what comes from God. Perhaps we have stopped making this distinction because we think we are in control of everything, that we can get what we want without God’s help. What would happen if we re-instated the difference?

Mary Jane Wilkie is an independent contractor, living and working in New York City. She has been self-employed for much of her professional life, and often stumbled into openings that were not part of her plan.

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