For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.(James 4:15)

Rev. William Cook

Tomorrow is a GREAT BIG IF.  Tomorrow, “IF the lord wills.” (James 4:15) “The sun will come up tomorrow,” IF the Lord wills. My son will get married on Saturday, IF the Lord wills. Tomorrow I am starting a new job, IF the Lord wills. On November 6 we will elect a President, IF the Lord wills. “We’re gonna be rich!” IF the Lord wills.

All we really have is NOW.  NOW is the acceptable time. NOW is the time of God’s favor. NOW is the day of salvation. Now is the year of Jubilee. (Isaiah 49:8, Leviticus 25)

Shouldn’t we seek the Lord NOW, “while He may be found” and call upon Him NOW, “while He is near,” because here and now won’t last forever. A time will surely come for those who despise Wisdom’s counsel and reproof, who hate knowledge and reject the fear of the Lord, when inescapable calamity will overtake them and God will be not be near or accessible. He will be remote and inaccessible. (Proverbs 1:23-33, 1 Thessalonians 5:3). Those who refused Him in the here and NOW will call upon Him then, but He will not answer; they will seek Him early, but He will be unfindable.

Well, this is a fine mess we’re in. “What are we gonna do NOW?!” you ask?  I have a crazy idea, but it didn’t come from me because my perspective is limited. NOW are you ready for it?  I propose that “the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and … return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 54:7)

“That’s preposterous!” you say? Well I know it seems preposterous, but I AM lives in the here and NOW and “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are the ways of I AM higher than our ways, and I AM’s thoughts than our thoughts.” (Isaiah 54:8-9)

Maybe we should do what I AM is saying NOW, while it is still called today? (Hebrews 3:13)


© 2012 Black Robe Press


About williamcook
Twenty-seven years providing Systems Engineering, Program Management, Software Engineering and T&E support to US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DoD, Intelligence Community, higher education and commercial enterprises.

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