Monday, December 03, 2012

If the Lord Wills

As the beginning of December rolls around, the countdown begins. Not just the 25 days until Christmas, but also the ones leading up to a birthday, our move into a new house, a Christmas party, Christmas Day, another birthday, New Years Day, and the start at a new school location. Further, it is hopefully the close of a dearly beloved's season of treatments for a sarcoma. To say, "There is a lot to celebrate," would be a gross understatement. My cup, truly, runneth over. And, yet, I cannot help but think about how delicate life is...a vapor that is here one moment and gone the next.

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15 ESV)

(Of course movies like, "The Bucket List" and true crime television shows do not help matters.)

God willing, my children (ALL of them) will grow up to be servants of Christ. If it is His will, I will become accomplished at something and assist in providing for and protecting my family and friends. If the Lord wills, my steps will take me closer to those I miss wholly and with whom I desire to spend more of the days we are on this earth (and an eternity).

You see, I whole-heartedly believe Christ Jesus "is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power." (Hebrews 1:3 ESV.)
for "'In him we live and move and have our being';... (Acts 17:28 ESV.)
"If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust." (Job 34:14, 15 ESV.)
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, (Ephesians 1:11 ESV)

Though the minutes tick by, and the days go screaming past, I have peace and take solace in God's sovereignty not only over my life, but over all His creation. He holds it all together. (But this is a topic to be continued on another day.)

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25, 26, 28, 30, 33, 34 ESV)

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