Summary: God has a plan for you. God can take two small fishes and help many. Can we accept God is leading me to new depths of trusting His Appointments? This is not an accident! God has a plan!
THE APPOINTMENT IS MADE: WE HAVE A DIVINE APPOINTMENT!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is part one of a two part series.
There was a man, Jack Wugman walking down the beach one day. He saw an unusual glass bottle. He bent over and picked up the bottle. His life would be forever changed. There was a note inside from a man named Singer. You know of him. He invented and perfected the sewing machine.
Singer penned a note,
WHOEVER FINDS THIS BOTTLE SHALL INHERIT MY WHOLE ESTATE.
The judge validated the note, and Jack inherited millions of dollars from a man he never met.
What if Jack never picked up the bottle?
My God has a plan for you!
I. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF AN APPOINTMENT.
THERE ARE DIVINE APPOINTMENTS SET. WILL WE COME TO THE APPOINTMENT?
A. I had a friend in Nashville that wrote music. He had many friends in high places.
One day I spoke of my love for Chet Atkins.
He said Chet was a dear friend of his, they often had lunch together.
I told him I had two Gibson Chet Atkins guitars.
He said, If you like I will set up a time for you to meet with Chet. He called Chet Atkins at home and set a date and time to meet with the famous
guitar picker. Wow, this was a dream come true.
As that date neared a dear friend in St. Louis was dying of cancer. I went up to visit with her. We had a precious visit together.
She died, I felt compelled to drive to St. Louis, and I missed my time to personally be with Chet.
Chet got very sick and later died, I missed my appointment with this great guitar man.
B. Just as we can make an appointment with doctors, photographers, garages, or a friend for lunch, our God has set some appointments with you.
C. Sometimes if you miss an appointment you can reschedule, but some appointments once missed can never come again.
To choose, select, to provide with things needed
To fix or set, to provide with complete furnishings to accomplish the task.
Arrangement for a meeting,
elevation to a new post of duty, advancement,
E. It is not how you handle demotion in life, but how you handle promotion
that says much about you!
II. CAN WE REALLY GET SERIOUS ABOUT DIVINE APPOINTMENTS OR WILL WE TAKE LIGHTLY THE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE US?
A. LAST NIGHT LINDA WAS WATCHING TELEVISION.
She was watching the show Family Feud on the Game Channel.
The question was simple:
IF YOU KNEW TOMORROW WAS THE LAST DAY,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TODAY.
The game show had 3 answers:
1. Pray/ Go to church
2. Spend time with the family
3. Get drunk/party
B. Now, this old preacher does not believe one word of that survey. Those are game show answers. If a person really thought tomorrow was the last day,
the real answer would be much different.
C. Life looks much different laying in a fox hole when bombs and bullets are exploding all around.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
Hebrews 9:27 Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences of their choices.
D. I BELIEVE ONE OF THESE DAYS WILL BE OUR LAST DAY.
Sure you can do things to hasten your day? Smoking, drinking, driving fast?
Sure, you can honor your Mother and Father and make good choices and delay your appointment, but DEATH IS SURE.
E. Do you think Princess Diana thought as she stepped out of that bar in Paris, France and rushed toward the Fyad car, THIS WILL BE MY LAST CAR RIDE?
F. Do you think as Elvis Presley stepped into his upstairs bathroom, this will be my last few minutes? Would a King die in a bathroom?
G. I love the line:
BORN ONCE, DIE TWICE.
BORN TWICE, DIE ONCE.
H. We speak with double tongues:
My decision is maybe --- and THAT’S FINAL.
I. Have you ever heard the story: A lady’s husband died. A crowd came by the funeral home.
At the funeral the Preacher was preaching about how wonderful the man was.
He said he was a good provider, a good husband and a good father.
The wife was sitting on the first pew, she leaned over and talked to the kids. Then she got up and went to the casket and looked in and then turned and returned
to her pew.
Later the Preacher asked her, what were you doing when you went up and looked into the casket?