Summary: Plan Ahead (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: James chapter 4 verses 13-17
A golfer nervously approached the first tee,
• It was a hazardous hole with a green surrounded by water,
• And he debated if he should use his new golf ball or an old one.
• Deciding that the hole was too treacherous,
• He pulled out an old ball and placed it on the tee.
• Just then he heard a voice from above say loudly:
• “USE THE NEW BALL!”
• Frightened, he replaced the old ball with the new one and approached the tee.
• Now the voice from above shouted: “TAKE A PRACTICE SWING!”
• With this, the golfer stepped backward and took a swing.
• Feeling more confident,
• He approached the tee when the voice again rang out:
• “USE THE OLD BALL!”
Most of us will never hear an audible voice:
• Telling us God’s will for our lives;
• But in his word are many principles that are there to help us find that will and obey it!
• Last week you will have noted that James began chapter 4 talking about war with God,
• And he ends chapter 4 talking about the will of God.
• These two themes are very much related;
• When a Christian is out of the will of God, they often end up warring against God.
• Sadly the Bible is littered with examples;
• Of those who were out of the will of God and by their actions warred against him!
• e.g. Lot moved into Sodom and brought trouble to his family.
• e.g. David committed adultery and brought trouble to his family and his kingdom.
• e.g. Jonah disobeyed God & almost sent a shipload of heathen sailors into a watery grave.
• In each case, there was a wrong attitude toward the will of God.
As Christians we believe that God has a plan for our lives:
• More than that;
• As Christians we should believe that it is a plan worth trusting and adhering too.
• After all He is a God of wisdom; A God who knows the future;
• He also knows you and me – surely then he knows what is best for us!
• And don’t forget that he is a God of love,
• He desires the very best for His children. He is trustworthy!
Yet despite those two assurances:
• That God is all wise and all loving:
• Sadly too many Christians don’t really trust God,
• The evidence that they do not trust him;
• Is seen demonstrated by the fact they resist his will.
• Scared that they will miss out on things or experiences or………..
• Ill: “I want to live a little first”.
• Some Christians view the will of God as bitter medicine they must take,
• They know it will do them good, but it won’t be a pleasant experience.
I believe for the Christian:
• That the safest place in the world, the most beneficial place to be;
• Is in the will of God.
• Peter Marshall:
• “You are leaving port under sealed orders and in a troubled period.
• You cannot know whither you are going or what you are to do.