THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 6-6-10
LESSON TITLE: “THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE: YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT A DAY MAY BRING FORTH”
“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.” Thanks be to God on this Lord’s Day, for His full revelation and for the ability to know the truth which brings us salvation - as well as freedom from a life of bondage and sin!
Thanks for joining us today for the Living Word of God. As His followers, how blessed we are to have opportunities like this to praise our God and to do those things according to that which He has asked of us through His will. Are you willing to do your part this morning to make this time successful in the service of God?
Now, as we begin our offering to God, will you bow with me in prayer!
What better way to worship God than in song. So at this time let’s join in our first hymn of the day. Won’t you do your part and sing with the congregation at this time as we praise God together with the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.”
(SONG # 1)
As we consider words like learning, understanding, knowledge and wisdom, we begin to focus on many things which God requires in His Word! However, as we consider the concepts of growing and maturing in the things we can know during our lives. It is important to realize where our real growth needs to be focused.
We could start by looking at what the wise man Solomon had to say about study. In Ecclesiastes 12:12, he said, “…much study is wearisome to the flesh.” In the context Solomon refers to the making of many books, and to the reality that many focus on the knowledge and wisdom of this world. So he was not saying that we should not grow, study or gain knowledge, but rather that we should do so in the only area that really matters - God Word! In the same passage back up in verse 10, he also stated, “The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright; words of truth.” Where is it that we find the only things that really matters? Where are those truly acceptable words which pertain to Godliness, Salvation and Truth? Solomon here states that that which is “upright,” is the “Word of Truth!” God’s Word should be and must be the focus of our whole lives.
In the New Testament, we read further exhortations that remind us of the importance of growing in godly things. In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul is dealing with this very concept of wisdom. He mentions the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man. As he makes the case of the wisdom of God he proclaims this in verse 18. There we read, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” To the world and according to its wisdom, the things of God are foolish. However, to those who truly understand what is important in life, the knowledge of God and obedience to His Will, these are the only things which offer salvation and eternal life!
May we all learn to focus our hearts, minds, and lives on those things which really matter? Furthermore, may we all study, learn and grow in those things which have bearing on our eternal existence - the wonders and beauties of God. Are you focused on that which really matters in this life? Is Godliness the place you put most of your energies in this life?
Today we will be continuing our series entitled, “This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made!” Our specific lesson of the day is “You Do Not Know What A Day May Bring Forth!” So stay with us and after our next song together, we are happy to have brother Kevin Patterson with us as our guest speaker. Brother Kevin is the minister for the HWY 13 Church of Christ, in Bolivar, Missouri, and we are happy to have him with us this day. So before our main study of the day, let’s join together in our second song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah.”
(SONG # 2)
By Kevin Patterson
“This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” That passage from Psalm 118 and verse 24 has become the basis of a theme of lessons that we have entitled, “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made.” Thank you for staying with us this morning. We appreciate you taking this time to give in service and in devotion to our Lord.
You know during this theme of lessons where we have talked about the different days that the Lord has created, we have taken a look at a number of things all the way from the creation itself and the days of creation that we find back in the early record of Genesis all the way up through the Day of Pentecost recorded for us in Acts chapter 2. We have taken a look at the seventh day of the week or the Sabbath Day. We’ve taken a look at the first day of the week, Sunday or the Lord’s Day. We have taken a look at the Judgment Day when Jesus will come again and usher forth judgment to the world. We’ve taken a look at various days of the life of Christ. We’ve taken a look at His birth. We’ve taken a look at the day of His death. And we’ve taken a look at the day of His resurrection. Of all of the days that we have studied thus far in this series of lessons, these days have one thing in common and that is that they have already happened, are happening, such as the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, or we are talking about something that will happen that is guaranteed to happen in the future such as the return of our Savior.
This morning however, we’re going to examine one day that is mentioned in the Bible that is not guaranteed to even happen and that day is tomorrow.
You know from the Bible we know what happened on the first day. In Genesis chapter 1 verses 1-5 we read these opening descriptions of creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light and God saw the light that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
We also know what is going to happen on the last day. The apostle Paul would write to the church at Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 6-10. “Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulations those who trouble you and to give you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, these shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power when He comes, in that day to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all of those who believe because our testimony among you was believed.”
And from a previous study, we remember that we do not know when that last day is going to take place. The apostle Peter would write in 2 Peter chapter 3 and verse 10, “But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the Heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
Matthew would record in Matthew 24 verses 35-36, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.” Jesus would declare that only God in Heaven above will know when that day will come. But although we don’t know when that day will take place, we do know most assuredly that it will take place. So what should we do in the meantime? Well we need to prepare for that day to come. But then the question would then be: How should we prepare for that day?
The Bible teaches us very clearly that we need to focus on today and not the assumption of tomorrow.
Jesus tells a great story in Luke chapter 12 verses 16-21 about a man who lived his life on the assumption of tomorrow. The parable that Jesus would tell goes something like this, “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully, and he thought within himself saying, ‘What shall I do since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this. I will pull down my barns and build greater and there I will store all of my crops and my goods.’ And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years, take your ease. Eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool. This night your soul will be required of you. Then who will those things be which you have provided? So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.’
You see the Bible teaches us that as long as we have today, as long as we have breath in our lungs, as long as our hearts beat, as long as we are alive in this world, we must prepare spiritual treasures and not save up the earthly ones. Why is that? Well because those earthly treasures will pass away. Those earthly treasures will decay. Those earthly treasures will rot.
Matthew would record in Matthew chapter 6 verses 19-21 some of the words of Jesus during His “Sermon on the Mount” in which He would say, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal, for where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
I would like to ask you a question. The question may hit close to home for some of you. Have you ever known of people who were so worried about the events of tomorrow that they didn’t take care of the needs of today? As I said, you might be one of those people. You are always concerned about tomorrow. You are always concerned about next week or next month or next year. And there is a time and a place where we need to prepare for our futures. This is true. But the question is: Do we operate under the assumption that there is some type of a guarantee that tomorrow will take place?
Jesus would say later in Matthew chapter 6 and in verse 34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things, sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” We don’t need to worry about tomorrow. We have enough to take care of today. So even if tomorrow occurs, we must focus on living our lives for Jesus today.
You may have heard an older person sometimes reference a term that actually comes out of the Bible in their day to day language. Maybe they’re talking about something coming up this coming Sunday or maybe something that will occur next week or next month or maybe next year, and you might have heard them say, “Hey, I’ll meet you down at the church building this Sunday if the Lord wills,” or “I can’t wait to see you next month if the Lord is willing,” or “Next year we will meet right back here same time, same place if it is the Lord’s Will.” Well the passage that they are emulating is from the book of James chapter 4 verses 13-17, a passage of scripture that reads, “Come now you who say today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a day 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 vapor 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.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”
Do you notice the characters in this story? They are making plans on what they’re going to do. Places that they are going to visit. Activities that they are going to engage themselves in. They are operating under the assumption that tomorrow is guaranteed.
James writes, “Don’t do that. What is your life? You think that you’re going to have this long life. Your life is like a vapor. It is something that is quick. It is something that is temporary. It appears for a little time and vanishes away.” He says, “Instead, you need to operate under the assumption that you are not in control of your universe, rather that God is.” I want you to notice that passage that he says in verse 14. He says, “Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or do that.”
Yes, we make plans, but we need to make plans considering the fact that they will come to pass if it is the Lord’s Will because He is the one who is in control of everything and knows everything.
Did you happen to notice that last passage of scripture that we read in verse 16? James writes, “But now you boast in your arrogance.” What is he talking about? What does he mean concerning boasting? Well he is talking about those people who would think that they know more than they do, those people who would assume that they understand what things will and will not happen as opposed to the one person in the entire universe who actually does.
You see, he talks about our arrogance because we are not God! We do not know everything, nor do we need to know everything. Those are the things that are left in the hands of the Creator.
We would read several passages. One in Acts chapter 6 and 7 where the disciples were talking to the Lord and when they had come together, they asked him saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said, “Concerning that matter, it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
Paul would write in 1 Thessalonians 5 verses 1-2, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you, but you yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.”
Even concerning Christ’s return, Paul would say to the church at Thessalonica, “I don’t need to write to you about other things but you need to prepare for that day by living for Him today.”
The wise man, Solomon, would write in Ecclesiastes chapter 11 and verse 5, “As you do not know what is the way of the wind or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child so you do not know the works of God who makes everything.”
What is the moral of our lesson? The moral of the lesson is very simply this. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. We have to live our lives for Jesus today. We need to not make too grandiose of plans of what is coming in our future, but rather make preparations to meet our maker today.
In Hebrews chapter 3 verses 12-13 the Hebrews writer would write, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the Living God, but exhort one another daily while it is called today lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
We have no guarantee of tomorrow.
Just a few months ago, I buried a very good friend of mine, a friend who was just a few months older than I am, who yes, did contract cancer, but the cancer was located in his arm and if worst case scenarios came about the doctors could have removed the arm and saved his life. But almost overnight, his blood and infection that 24 hours later took his life from him.
We have no guarantee of tomorrow. All we have to do is look at those around us who passed before their time to understand that. But if tomorrow comes, we need to remember that we do not know what it will bring.
Proverbs chapter 27 and verse 1 gives us the basis for today’s lesson in that it teaches us, “Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
We need to live today as if for the Lord, and if tomorrow comes tomorrow, or Jesus returns tonight, we need to make sure that we are living in such a way as to be ready to receive Him and to receive that eternal reward.
(SONG # 3 - “Standing On The Promises Of God!”)
What a blessing it has been to join together in the things of God this morning. Thank you for doing your part in making all these things to be according to His Will. As always, we invite you back every Lord’s Day morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this offering for God!
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Are you living your life like there is no tomorrow? Why not make the most of today and everyday, so that when God calls us home we will be ready to meet Him face to face!