The Fat Lady Can't Sing Just Yet (9 of 13) by Steve Wagers

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The Fat Lady Can't Sing Just Yet (9 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jeremiah 20
October 21. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Dilemma that Led Him to Wonder!
A) God had Misled Him
B) God had Mistreated Him
2. The Disturbance that Led Him to Worry!
A) The Battle with His Heart
B) The Burning in His Heart
3. The Discovery that Led Him to Worship!
A) He Rejects the Criticism of His Life
B) He Rebuilds the Confidence in His Lord

On a fog-shrouded morning, July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick waded into the waters off of Catalina Island. Her sole intention was to be the first woman to swim the 21 miles from Catalina Island to the California Coast.

Long distance swimming was not something that was new to Florence Chadwick. She had been the first woman to swim the English Channel, in both directions; however, this day's test was one that she had yet to face.

The water was numbing cold. The fog was so thick that she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times, sharks had to be driven away with gun fire. She swam more than 15 hours before she asked to be taken out of the water.

Her trainer encouraged her to swim on because they were so close to the shore; but, when Florence looked, all she could see was fog. As a result, she quit less than ½ from her goal. Later she said, "I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have only see my destination, I might have been able to go on."

Often times in life, we set out with the best intentions to finish the race; but, many have dropped out of the race all because they could not see, or would not remember what was ahead of them.

I think of an old legend that tells of how the devil once held a yard sale to auction his tools. When the prospective buyers gathered, there was one tool labeled, "Not for Sale!" When the devil was asked why that particular tool wasn't for sale he replied, "I can't spare this tool. It is the most valuable and useful tool ...

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