May 18th 2010

If The Lord Wills

 “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 vapour 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.’”

James 4:13-15 (NKJV) 

If you were about to die, what would your thoughts be about? 

I had always been fit and healthy all my life, but then last August without warning I suddenly had a heart attack. Heart attacks are the number one killer of people in this country, in many cases because help does not reach them in time.  I thought, “Would I be one of them, or would the ambulance get to me in time?” 

So what thoughts came into my mind at that time when I thought I might be about to die?  I had spent a good part of my working life making and repairing things for other people, and had always made things for my own use as well. In my retirement I was still making things for my own use, but now at the point of death, all the projects and things I was engaged in ceased to matter.  As to what would happen to all my many tools and possessions when I had gone, I never even gave them a thought. 

So why at that time did I think about physical things in this way?  It was because of what God has promised those who believe and trust in Him.  “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT).  I knew that if I died at that time I would be given a new spiritual body when Jesus returns, and that I would not then need any of my physical things. Physical things are given to us to use and enjoy in this life, but we are told not to set our hearts on them (Colossians 3:2).  Instead we need to have the attitude that the Apostle Paul had in Philippians 4:12, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. ”

Prayer

Thank you Father, for all the physical blessings you allow us to have in this life.  Help us to have a right attitude towards the use of them, as we wait for all the spiritual blessings that await us in your coming kingdom.

Amen 

Study by Arthur Allden

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