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Roanoke, Alabama 36274
Reverend Scott Hannah, Pastor
Sermon August 9, 2020
Our lives are often governed by time. A bold statement, but time measures our lives from the very beginning. An expectant mother is asked, “when are you due?”. She usually replies in months, weeks, or days. We celebrate the passage of our lives each year upon our birthday. Another year older. We wake up at a certain time and go to bed at a certain time. Work, school, shopping and most of life’s events happen according to a schedule. Time exerts a great deal of power on our lives.
As the current pandemic has unfolded, time has played its part. How long will it last? Time schedules were offered by experts as to when people can go back to work or school. Sports fans were anxious for sports to resume. Churches planned for times to begin worship services again. Everyone seems to have an opinion on when everything is going to be “normal” again.
Well, we can certainly plan things. In fact, we should prepare and plan our lives for the demands of life. We plan for the big things and the everyday little things. Education, marriage, children, job and retirement are some big things we all prepare and plan for. Death and the life beyond are the most important event we can prepare for. Yet, God is ultimately in control of the timeframe for all things. We try to manipulate our situations and time, but God directs the time of our lives. James 4:13-15 states it like this, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.
How often have you made plans (set a time) to have them fall apart? Some businesses that opened “according to experts timelines” have already shut down again. School systems expecting to open according to school calendars have already pushed start dates to later in the year. As baseball games have started, several games have already been canceled due to players testing positive for Covid-19. We are truly helpless to regulate how time flows. God is in charge.
So, prepare and make plans. Life is not held hostage to uncertain times. But remember, everything is in the hands of God.
Reverend Scott Hannah