Sermon Passage: James 4:13-17
Sermon Title: If the Lord wills
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: As Christians, we have an easy way of making promises. We can say yes to all requests and all demands and end the sentence with “if the Lord wills”.
This is a fun way to read this passage. If the Lord wills, it will be.
One of the problems in our society is the fact that we go to very great lengths to control our future. We do everything we possible can to make sure that our future is “bright”. We do everything we can do force ourselves into the “best” schools, “best jobs in the hope that we will have the “best” life. We seek financial security. We seek status.
And is it wrong to want these things? Is it wrong to plan out our futures? is it wrong to want the best in our lives?
It depends on what your plans and future is dependent on. Is your plan dependent on God? or is it dependent on what you do and what you can accomplish? Because our passage today says that we do not have any control of the future. Whatever we do, whatever we plan, we plan and do without knowing the real future. Why do we make plans that are dependent on who we are and what we do? Why don’t we make plans dependent on God who knows the future and knows what’s good for us?
We need to be planning and looking into the future through God’s lens.
in the Greek, the Lord WILLS has different meanings. To say the Lord wills is to say that the Lord will make ready. He will pave the path. he will bring it to fruition.
What James is saying is: If we make our plans according to God’s will, we don’t have to worry about it because God will bring it forth. He will make sure his promises are true. He will make sure to make ready our paths.
As God walked through the animals towards Abraham to show that he will keep his promises, God will keep his promises. All we need to do is follow him.