Don Guthrie
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"If It's God's Will, I Will"

July 13, 2011

      Hello Friend! I'm Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we look into God’s Holy Word to
learn how we can become a more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to the world.

      I would like to invite you to pray with me as I begin my message for this morning. Lord, I come before you this
day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you speak through me, and anoint our ears and heart that we may hear the
message you have for us today. Speak to us, and fill us with understanding that we might serve you fully. Amen!

      There is a story told of a pastor who was sitting on his porch one day enjoying the sunshine and thinking about
how unpredictable life really is. “At any moment,” he thought, “one's life could change, so one should live every
moment of their life looking to the Lord.” As the preacher sat there contemplating these things, one of his neighbors
cam walking by leading a horse.

      The preacher called out to him, "What are you doing with your horse?"

      The man answered, "I'm going into town to sell it."

      The pastor said, "You ought to say that you are going to sell the horse it if it is the Lord's will."

      To this the man replied, "What does selling a horse have to do with the Lord's will? This is a fine and healthy
horse and it will be sold before you know it."

      The pastor answered, "Have you forgotten that God is watching you? You need to put everything in God's
hands in order for it to work out. You should say, 'If it be the Lord's will.'"

      The neighbor replied, "This is my horse and I have raised it specifically to be sold. I have a buyer for it. The Lord
won't change anything."

      Later on that day the neighbor again passed by the Preacher's house heading in the opposite direction. He was
covered with dirt, his clothes were ripped to shreds, and he was bruised and sore from one end to the other. The
astonished pastor asked him, "What in the world happened to you?"

      The man replied, "Well, I talked to you so long that I was running late for the appointment with my buyer. In order
to get there on time, I took a short cut through a cornfield that was owned by a cranky old man. The farmer saw me
trampling through his field and he started shooting at my horse. The horse panicked and fell on top of me, than it
kicked me in the eye. Trying to get out from under the horse, I tore my clothes to pieces than as I was running from
that old man and his gun I ran smack dab into a barbed wire fence. That's what happened to me!"

      The pastor then asked, "Where are you going now?"

      The man answered him, "Well, I'm going home now... if it be the Lord's will."

      Folks, some of the lessons we learn we learn in life come to us at a very high cost. This man learned that he
needed to consider God's will in everything he did. After all, Maybe God has something different planned for your
day than what you have planned so it’s always best to say, if it is God's than will I will.

      In the book of James, the fourth chapter, and verse thirteen we find theses words.

James 4:13 states
13. 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";
14. 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.
15. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
16. But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

      For the most part, people today don’t consider making the statement "If it is the Lords will I will." Instead, most
folks state in the positive that they will or will not do certain things, never once taking into consideration that God
may have other plans for them, or that may allow something to happen that will keep us from fulfilling an obligation
we professed to someone we would do.

      My wife's Grandmother was a Saint of God. Her name was Lessie Jenkins. Lessie was born and raised on the
Blue Ridge Mountain here in Virginia, on what is now the Shenandoah National Park, which is part of the Blue Ridge
Parkway. I never had the opportunity to meet her, because she died a few years before I met my wife, but I’ve heard
many people speak of her with very high regard.

      Lessie was one of those godly people who spent about all of her free time reading and studying God's word.
She could quote much of the bible from memory giving chapter and verse along with it. When someone asked if she
would something, her answer always included, “If it's God's will I will.” Even when the grandchildren told here
goodnight, I'll see you in the morning, her answer was still was, “If it's God's will, I will see you in the morning.” You
see, Grandma Jenkins knew that it was ultimately God's will that mattered and his will mattered more than her own or
anyone else's. She understood that we can do nothing without God and that God is in control of all things.

      She understood who she was. She was a servant, and a Child of God, and it was God who has control and
ought to be making our decisions for us.

      This is a one of the many Bible teachings we have allowed to fall by the wayside. Instead of seeking God's will,
we determine what we want to do, and then go off to do it without taking into consideration what God's will for us
might be. As a result, we run ourselves ragged, we make promises we cannot keep, and we fail to fulfill obligations
we have committed ourselves too.

      Who are we to determine what God might want us to do, yet that's what we are doing when we say we will do
something without consulting God about it, or allowing him room to make plans for us.

      We make promises, and we commit ourselves having every intention at the time of fulfilling our promises but
often God has something else he wants us to do. We get dressed up, we hop into the car, we put the key in the
ignition, and the battery is dead. We look for the jumper cables only to remember that we loaned them to someone,
and they haven't brought them back. We grab our cell phone or go into the house to call whomever it was we
promised to do such and such with, and there already out working at whatever we had promised to help them with.
We have failed to keep our promise, not intentionally, but nevertheless, we have failed. For some reason unknown to
us, God has a different plan, and we failed to consult him, or allow him room to change our plans.

      On the other hand, put the shoe on the other foot. Someone tells us they will be at our house as such and such
time to help us. The time come and goes, and we wait and wait, and the longer we wait the more we fret, never once
considering how God might have other plans for us, or for the one who was supposed to help, and neither of us left
God room for His will to be done.

      It seems to me that we are doing something wrong. It seems that we would be a lot better off doing what
Grandma Jenkins did by letting everyone know that her life is in God's hands, and she could do nothing that was not
in his will. We should tell the person who wants our help. "Friend, I have every intention of being there, but ultimately
it's in God's hands. If for some reason he has other plans for me, than his will be done. If it is God's will, I will. If it is
not God's will, I won't." If someone is promising to help us, we should say, "If it is God's will for you to be here, than
praise the Lord. If for some reason it is not his will, than I will still praise the Lord. It is not my will that matters it's
God's."  
You might say, but "I spent all day cooking a big meal, those I cooked for cannot come, what am I supposed do?
Certainly God would not want me to waste it."

      That's true. Maybe it's God's will for you to ask others in, maybe that poor family down the street, or maybe it's
his will for you to box it up and take it to a homeless shelter, or to a family who is without work that could really use it.
The fact remains we must seek God's will and do it. Our will really doesn't matter. We are here to serve God, not the
other way around. In all things we are to seek his will and directions before venturing out on our own.

      I’ll admit, it's not always easy to see or know his will. The meal I spoke of earlier, maybe it was God's will for the
people who were coming not to be there. Maybe God is giving you the opportunity to help someone else, by sharing
his love to a neighbor in need. God don't make mistakes. He has a plan for every situation in life. The trick for us is
to not get discouraged, or upset, but instead, praise God for allowing us the opportunity to serve him in a different
way.

      God never shuts a door on his people, that he does not open another for them, allowing them to do something
else that will honor him, and give you a blessing while doing it.
      
      We must be careful not to get into the way of God's will. You might ask, "How can I know God's will for myself?"
You know from reading and studying his Holy Word, and by finding what God desires for his people from it. Than
you do what Grandma Jenkins did, and mean it from your heart, saying, "If it God's will, I will.” Than step our in faith,
believing God will show you what to do, and if he stops you, know that he has a different plan for you in store.

Again James 4:13-15 says
13. 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";
14. 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.
15. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
       
      Who among us can know what will happen tomorrow? Who among us can know if we will even be living
tomorrow, mush less if we will be able to do what we are promising someone?

      James says "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." A husband and wife go to bed. They kiss goodnight and tell the other that
they will see them in the morning. Morning comes, one wakes up, and the other has departed this life and gone on to
the next. A son or daughter takes the car, or their motorcycle, and off they go for a ride. Before they leave, you tell
them to be home at a certain hour, they promise you they will. While they are driving home, a drunk driver runs
through a red light and your child is severely injured or maybe killed. You promise a child to take them fishing.
They're pumped up and rearing to go. During the night you receive a phone call from your boss, one of the machines
you are responsible for at work broke down, and you have to fix it. Your child is devastated. What are you going to
tell your child?

      Life is too fragile to make promised we might not be able to keep. That's why it is so important that we learn
what Grandma Jenkins knew, "If it is God's will, I will. But if God does not will it for me, I cannot do it." In the process
of leaning this we need to educate those around us as well. And we need to remember what else James said in
verses 16 & 17.

16. But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

      James says if we than someone we are going to do something without it being God’s will, is to boost. Than he
goes on to say, “all such boasting is evil.”

      In verse seventeen he says:

17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

      We are not to boast, we are not to make promised we cannot keep, and we should not make promised that God
might not want us to fulfill. To do so, is a sin. Instead we should always seek the help and advice of God, and always
say, "If the Lord wills it, I will, if not I won't" after all, there is no way for us to know what tomorrow is going to bring.

      If we aren’t willing to follow God’s will, and determine what we want to do without considering God's plan for us,
we might be passing up some of the greatest blessing God has to offer us. In all things we must seek the will of God
and say, if it is God's will, I will. AMEN