The last post we talked about planning for the New Year. At the close of a year and the beginning of a new is planning time for businesses, churches, and individuals. We have made it through most of the planning stage for the New Year and some of you have embarked on your New Year’s resolutions. Approximately 150 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions according to research done by the University of Scranton. Some of those plans come to fruition while some fail before they are ever implemented.
What’s been on my mind since the beginning of the year and no doubt brought about by my own planning is simply, “Where is God in all of the planning?” This is the question I have asked myself and now share with you. It seems if we are not careful we plan and live our lives with no consideration of what God’s will is. A Scripture I have recalled and am trying to live by for 2015 is found in James 4:13-15:
13 Go to now, ye that say, today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
I’m reminded as I read those verses of a couple of dated phrases that we don’t hear much of any more. In days gone by, and on a rare occasion now, we would hear some seasoned saint say things like; “Lord willing.” They may say “Lord willing I will see you next week.” Another old phrase is “if the Lord tarries.” They lived with a belief in the imminent return of the Lord. Some would even go as far as to say, “if the Lord DELAYS His coming” as if they were expecting Him to come at any moment.
I must say something in me tells me we could use a return to some of these sayings. It would help us to remember that we are not in control. It would help to keep in the forefront of our minds that Jesus really is coming back and we must live with a readiness for that day.
I am submitting to you that at the beginning of this New Year let’s keep God in the forefront of our minds. Lets consider what He would desire. May we live each day cognizant of the fact that He is returning soon and be prepared for His return.
Yes, we are planning for a great year in 2015 and are already off to a great start, but plans are being made with prayer and careful consideration. We will be introducing some of those plans to you in person in the coming days “Lord willing” and you will want to be there to hear it and more importantly, be a part of it. We are looking to see you soon and I believe the Lord is willing for that to happen if He tarries.