Summary: Can you imagine Mary and Joseph's prayer the night they had to tell God they lost Jesus? How could you lose what is important to you? Might be easier than you think?
I LOST JESUS?
RUNNING? RUNNING GREAT? I LOST THE MESSAGE?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
we can get so busy in stuff, we lose sight of the goal?
I. AHIMAAZ HAS A GREAT DESIRE!
LET ME RUN! PLEASE LET ME RUN! I AM A BETTER RUNNER THAN CUSHI!
I KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ROADS... !
A. I once heard the story of BILLY GRAHAM flying overseas to do a revival.
He was on a commercial flight. The steward est came to Billy and whispered in his ear,
THE PILOT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH YOU.
Billy walked to the cabin and was introduced to the pilot and co-pilot.
Billy could tell there was something wrong and the pilot said: "WE HAVE GOOD NEWS
AND BAD NEWS. WHICH WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR FIRST?
Billy said the good news. The pilot said we are cruising at about 670 mph.
But the bad news is we have no idea as to where we are? Something has gone terribly wrong
all our navigation systems and communication systems have failed. We will not know where
we are until we have visual sight over land. They ask Billy to pray that God would have mercy
and help them. Billy was praying when sometime later the pilot made visual contact with land
and they identified the area and made a safe landing.
B. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?
DO YOU NKNOW YOUR PURPOSE? GOD'S PLAN?
C. What is your MOTIVATION?
Fear, money, peer pressure, time, purpose, --- HOW ABOUT LOVE?
D. WE ARE TRAVELING ON A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.
DO WE THINK RUNNING IS EVERYTHING?
E. I want to RUN --- WHY RUN?
What is my motivate in RUNNING?
2 Samuel 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar,
which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance:
and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.
19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that
the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies. 20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear
tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings,
because the king's son is dead.
21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself
unto Joab, and ran. 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever,
let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing
that thou hast no tidings ready? 23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run.
Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi. 24 And David sat between the two
gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes,
and looked, and behold a man running alone. 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And
the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.
F. AHIMAAZ WAS A BETTER RUNNER, HE OUT RAN CUSHI...
BUT AHIMAAZ FORGOT THE MUST IMPORTANT PART WAS NOT RUNNING FAST ---
BUT HTE MESSAGE TO THE KING.
2 Samuel 18:28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the
earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered
up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king. 29 And the king said, Is the young man
Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant,
I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.
G. I once heard Bill Hardy say of a person:
"He has two gears: SLOW and SLOWER!"
We tend to value FAST and FASTER...
You can not plow and sow and reap a garden at 70 mph.
DO WE HAVE GOD'S PLAN? DO WE RUN WITH A CLEAR MESSAGE.
II. EVER LOST JESUS? HAVE WE EVER LOST THE COMPANY OF JESUS
Song of Songs 3:1 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I
found him not.
A. Imagine Mary and Joseph's prayer that night when they realized they lost Jesus.
Dear God, I have good news and bad? Which do you want to hear?
Heavenly Father, Thanks for trusting us with your son.