by Steve Wagers

Don't Wait until It's too Late!
Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 55:6
June 26, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. A Word about Meeting God!
A. The Invitation to a Longing Heart!
B. The Intention of a Looking Heart!
2. A Warning about Missing God!
A. A Possibility we must Fear!
B. An Opportunity we must Find!
3. A Wonder about Minding God!
A. How Man Must Respond to God!
B. What Man will Receive from God!

* During WWII, the Allies knew that the future of the free world would be decided by the invasion of France in June 1944. Now known as D-Day, it was the largest single military invasion in the history of warfare. Yet, General Dwight Eisenhower had difficulty deciding when to attack because he was obsessively worried about the poor weather conditions.

* Finally, he gave the order to move. He said, "No matter what the weather looks like, we have to go ahead now. Waiting any longer could be even more dangerous. Let's move it!" Eisenhower understood that there comes a point after which the right decision becomes the wrong one, if it's made
too late.

* 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.

* In the days before modern harbors, a ship had to wait for the flood tide before it could make it to port. The term for this situation in Latin was 'ob portu,' that is, a ship standing over off a port, waiting for the moment when it could ride the turn of the tide to harbor.

* The English word "opportunity" is derived from this original meaning. The captain and the crew were ready and waiting for that one moment for they knew that if they missed it, they would have to wait for another ...

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