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WHEN YOUíRE IN A HURRY & GOD ISNíT

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Sermon shared by Vernon Caruthers

December 2009
Summary: This message centers upon the Christian virtue of PATIENCE & learning to WAIT upon GOD & upon practicing this GODLY VIRTUE.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
When You Are in a Hurry But GOD Isnít:
Scripture Reference: James 3: 7-11 December 06, 2009
ĎBe patient therefore, brethern, unto the coming of the LORD. Behold the husbandman (farmer) waits for the precious fruit of the earth, & has long patience for it, until he receive the early & latter rain. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts, for the coming of the LORD draws nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethern, lest you be condemned; behold the judge stands at the door. Take, my brethern, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the LORD, for an example of suffering affliction & of patience. Behold we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, & have seen the end of the LORD, that the LORD is very pitiful (compassionate) & of tender mercy.í

Introduction:
How many of you have heard the saying ďI have MORE TIME than I DO MONEY?Ē
Or how about this one, ďIf you have the MONEY then I have the TIME.Ē

STATEMENTS such as these seem to SUGGEST that we have an ABUNDANCE of TIME.
However, we HONESTLY do not know HOW MUCH TIME we have left.

Have you NOTICED that the OLDER we become the MORE PRECIOUS TIME becomes to us? TIME is an EXPENSIVE COMMODITY.

One of the things that helps DETERMINE the VALUE & the PRICE of a certain COMMODITY is its SCARCITY. The MORE SCARCE it is then the MORE VALUABLE it is.
TIME is VALUABLE because TIME is SCARCE. Can we have TOO MUCH TIME?
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In FLORIDA a BUSINESS MAN bills his DOCTOR for KEEPING him WAITING for an HOUR. To him TIME was MONEY.

In CALIFORNIA a WOMAN HIRES somebody to do her SHOPPING for her out of a CATALOG.

PEOPLE pay other PEOPLE to PICK UP their DRY CLEANING & to DELIVER FOOD to their HOMES.

What PEOPLE used to DO for THEMSELVES they can NOW PAY SOMEONE to DO for them.

WHY DO THEY DO THAT?
Itís NOT to SAVE MONEY. They are often WILLING to PAY MONEY if it SAVES THEM TIME.

& with TIME becoming SO PRECIOUS --- is it ANY WONDER that WAITING has BECOME the MOST HATED & the MOST FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE in LIFE?

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We WAIT in line at the DRIVE THRU.
We WAIT in line at the SUPER MARKET.
We WAIT at the DOCTORíS OFFICE.
We WAIT in TRAFFIC JAMS.
& while we WAIT we FRET because we are WASTING TIME.

ONE of the MOST FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCES is when we GO OUT to EAT.
Think about it:
We go to a RESTURANT & we WAIT to be SEATED.
Then after we are SEATED we WAIT for SOMEONE to BRING us a MENU.
Then after we are BROUGHT a MENU we WAIT for SOMEONE to come back & TAKE our ORDER.
Then after they take our ORDER we WAIT for SOMEONE to BRING our FOOD.
Then after our FOOD is brought we WAIT for SOMEONE to BRING our BILL.
Then after they bring our BILL we WAIT in line to PAY it.

& they CALL the PERSON who PRESIDES over all of this a WAITER.
We are the WAITER.

WAITING is FRUSTRATING isnít it? WAITING will either BRING OUT the WORST in us or the BEST in us. It will REVEAL either OUR STRENGTH or OUR WEAKNESS.
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I heard a STORY about a man whose CAR was STALLED on the FREEWAY. No matter WHAT he tried he could not get the CAR to START. The TRAFFIC was PILING UP behind him. For the MOST PART the CROWD was ACTING FAIRLY CIVILIZED. However, there was this ONE MAN in a PICK UP TRUCK who literally
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