I was told today by a friend, who is not a Christian, that his hunting buddy suddenly died last night. He was 41. My friend and I are roughly that same age so the information gave us both a good reason to pause and reflect. We did this though for different reasons. He was more afraid and troubled after reflecting for a moment. His conclusion was that he should just live it up as much as he could while he could. The old eat, drink and be marry for tomorrow we die attitude. I told him that he should consider more than just the here and now but what was the state of his eternal soul before God. His sin was evident and needed to be dealt with. I encouraged him to trust in Jesus as his savior and Lord and repent from his sins. He did not but rather asked that I would pray for him. I had a different response though. I thought well that could just as easily be me, Lord willing.
Lord Willing, now that is a statement the we ought to think about for a while. It is found in James 4:13-17 “Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Sometimes I take it for granted that I will have a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and so on. This passage declares that my life is a vapor and that it might not be the Lord's will for me to continue living on this planet. I don't regularly think on the vaporness of my life. Vapor seems to be an overstated illustration in regards to life, after all I am here now and very real, my problems are very real, my family is very real. Yet it is the Lord's will for all of these things, and more, to be very real right now. If this were not the case none of these things would be real. Is the Lord truly that involved with the circumstances of life? Could it be that if the Lord had not wanted me to type this very sentence He would have sovereignly intervened and stopped me? The biblical answer is a resounding YES! Jesus said the not one sparrow falls to the ground without His approval and that we are far more precious than a mere bird. Since this true it ought to give a reason to rejoice in any circumstance. Even though it is true, sadly, I still act in both fear and bravado, both of which are radically inconsistent with the good and overseeing God of the Bible.
Lord, my prayer today is that you would reaffirm your providence in my life. I ought to know that I am in Your mighty hands and that all that comes into my life has met with your approval. I want to be me clothed with You not me trying to look like someone else in You. Confidence has never been my strength Lord and while it is both a humble blessing and a great curse at the same time help me to be confident in and with You, Jesus!
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