And which of you by being anxious can add a single step to his life journey?
I think we Americans are a uniquely unfatalistic people. We all have the can-do spirit. We see ourselves as the Masters of our Fate, a pride that peculiarly results in us being fearful that personal failure may be lurking just around the corner.
During the first Gulf War when the Americans were absolutely slaughtering the elite Iraqi Republican Guard, a reporter interviewed one of these Iraqi soldiers in his bunker and asked him what he thought about his chances of survival. “The Americans can't kill me until Allah wills,” he said calmly.
Allah, of course, is not a kind God. He also is not real.
Our God is our Father in heaven, who loves us intimately.
May we be more like the Iraqis. We need to put away our anxiety about what may happen next and calmly accept what the Deity has in store for us.
Or, actually, we should be more like true Believers “fatalistically” anticipating what God has prepared for those who love Him.