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Following the Lord's Will (13 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
Every year at this time my thoughts turn to Indy because this is the month of the 500 mile race in Speedway City on the West side of Indianapolis. Last Monday the track officially opened. All this month there will be practice at the track and celebrations throughout the city. Then, two weekends before the great race, which this year will be on May 28th, the time trials begin. The field of the "500" is 33 cars, and there are four days of qualifying to make the race. The first goal is to make the field, the second is to sit on the pole, the third is to make the front row; and of course, the big goal is to win the race. If the weather cooperates, the field of 33 cars is usually filled by the end of the third day of qualifying, then the bumping begins. To bump someone, who is already qualified, the qualifier must exceed the speed of the slowest car in the field. All the fourth day the driver with the slowest time in the field sits on the bubble. He doesn't know from one minute to the next what is going to happen. One minute he is in the race; the next he is out. Once he is bumped, that car cannot attempt to make the field again.
Life is like that. Here today; gone tomorrow. We have no lease on life. James asked, "For what is your life?" Since nobody answered him, he said, "It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
Job (7:6) said, "my days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle." (7:7) "Oh, remember that my life is a breath (wind)." (14:1-2) "Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down, he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.. "
David (Psalm 39:5) said, "Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee." (Psalm 89:47) "Remember how short my time is." (Psalm 102:3) "For my days are consumed like smoke."
Isaiah (38:22) said, "Mine age is departed and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent."
We all live our lives on the bubble. Today, we are in the race. In one breath we might be out of the race. For this reason we must make every effort to live our lives in the will of God. But the will of God to many Christians is elusive. It is difficult to find the will, know the will, and follow the will of God. For no other reason we need to talk about it today.
My theme today (thesis) is that we dare not, we cannot, we must not ever ignore the will of God in our living. The hinge on which this sermon turns today is verse 15 ... "For you ought to say, 'If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
Four things that make it mandatory for us to consider the will of God in everything:
I. FIRST, THERE IS A DIVINE WILL OF GOD WHICH GOVERNS ALL THINGS. (Verse 13)
There is some background which helps us to consider this 13th verse.
The Jews were the great traders of the ancient world. Ja ...
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