Each of us lead very busy lives: church, church functions, school, work, family lives and the list could go on and on. Do we include God in our daily plans? James 4:13-14 says, “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.”
September 9th was just an ordinary day. I made my plans and my list of things I want to accomplish, but there was a storm brewing in my life just on the horizon. Our lives were about to be shaken. You see, all morning my body warned me of an impending storm, a stroke, but I ignored all the signs. Not until the providence of God went to work did I realize what was going on with my physical health. He put a RN right in front of me to guide me to seek help. I am convinced God and this lady may have saved my life. Does God work in this way? I have seen God do many things at the camp and here at Lehman Avenue.
I was reminded of the story of Queen Esther as I looked back on the events that followed my physical storm of September 9th. And all these events got me to thinking about how many times each of us ignore the warning signs our Lord sends us through His word and our conscience if we have taken the time and opportunity to train it. Much like, with my stroke, we don’t listen to the warning signs.
We as Christians sometime ignore our conscience. James: 4 4-10 says, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” Therefore He says “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your Laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble your-selves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Walk with wisdom! “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand the will of the Lord,” (Eph. 5:15-17).
Each and every day talk to and include God in your plans and life!