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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Plans for the Future

Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob."... So [Rebekah] sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "... Arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away ... then I will send and bring you from there."
(Genesis 27:41-45 NKJV)

Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money." But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15 NKJV)

It’s been said that sin "will take us farther than we want to go, keep us longer than we want to stay, and cost us more than we want to pay." Rebekah’s deceit resulted in the need to send her son away for "a few days" that turned into twenty years. (There’s no indication she saw him again.)

Isaac anticipated his death and lived some fifty more years. We know neither how long or short life may be, nor how our lives will be used by God. We do know that living in step with the Lord is the means of true fulfillment.

Father, Your sovereign will over the events of our lives is perfect. Please give us hearts to make You Lord over each choice, to trust You for Your timing.

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