“Also, keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins” (Psalm 19:13).
There are no guarantees in this life.
I can eat whole grain foods, take my vitamins and supplements, stay with organic and get plenty of exercise, and still get hit by a Volvo while crossing the road.
Almost every magazine that comes to my house will have the occasional article telling how to cut down on life-shortening factors. After reading several of these, you learn to predict their advice: cut out tobacco and sweets, eat more fruits and veggies, walk some every day, and laugh a lot. Take vitamins, especially this one or that one.
I’m for all that, incidentally. I do all those things. Well, except for avoiding the sweets.
Soldiers in combat discuss whether there’s a bullet “out there” with one’s name on it. If such a thing exists, some will say, there’s nothing you can do, so take risks and live life to the fullest. On the other hand, many soldiers have survived their terms of combat and reported they they took steps to minimize the risks. They kept their helmet on, kept their armor on, looked before they jumped, maintained their guns in great shape, stayed close to their buddies, and a thousand other things.
On the highway, minimizing risk is a big deal for me.