The Chance of a Lifetime by Steve Wagers

The Chance of a Lifetime
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 55:6
October 24. 2010

1. Meeting God!
A) Longing for Him
B) Looking for Him
2. Missing God!
A) The Possibility to Fear
B) The Opportunity to Find
3. Minding God!
A) How We Must Respond to God
B) What We Will Receive from God

In 1966, David Mahoney was the head of Canada Dry. Stock was selling at a low price of $11 a share. With about two and a half million shares outstanding, he had an opportunity to buy the entire company for $30 million. Financing was available, but Mahoney never made up his mind and let the opportunity pass. Twenty years later, his investment would have increased to more than $700 million, a 200 percent profit.

I think about an old story of a farmer who said lightning struck an old shed and thus saved him the trouble of tearing it down. A few days later rain washed off his car and saved him that chore too. When asked what he was doing now, he replied, "Waiting for an earthquake to shake the potatoes out of the ground."

I think of a section from Shakespeare's classic work "Julius Caesar."

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

William Mason states, "Each day we wait to obey God leaves one more day to repent of and one less day to repent in."

I believe if Isaiah had given a title to this chapter division he would have entitled it, don't' wait too late. It is a word for every scene, stage and season of life. If you are a person who doesn't know God; a person who is away from God; or, a person who has a desire to do great things for God, Isaiah says, 'don't wait too late.'

1. MEETING God!

(6) "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near."

What a comfort to know that we can know God ...


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