Importance of knowing and doing His will

Pastor Wayne Wilson

An old farmer and his son had loaded up their ox cart and were starting the long journey to the city to sell their produce. The son told his father that they should walk faster and travel through the night to beat others to the market to get better prices for their produce.

“Relax son, you’ll live longer,” said the old man.

A few hours later, the father insisted they stop at his brother’s house to visit. The son furiously complained that they were wasting time. After an hour’s visit, during which time the son was fidgeting and fuming, they finally got back on the road. Later, the father led the ox to the right at a fork in the road.

“The left is the faster way,” said the son.

“I know,” replied the old man, “but this way is much more scenic.”

Although the path was filled with scenic beauty, the young man churned with anxiety. He didn’t even notice the lovely sunset as twilight set upon them.

“Let’s sleep here,” the father said.

“You’re more interested in watching sunsets and smelling flowers than making money!” yelled the son.

“Relax son, you’ll live longer,” said the old man.

As the father began snoring, his son glared at the stars as night dragged on slowly. The son shook his father awake before sunrise so they could finally get going again. Soon they came upon a stranger whose cart was stuck in a ditch.

“Let’s help,” said the old man.

“And lose even more time?!” the boy exploded.

“Relax son, you’ll live longer,” said the old man.

The boy angrily looked away. It was almost eight o-clock that morning before they were finally on their way. Suddenly, a great flash split the sky, followed by what sounded like thunder. Beyond the hills, the sky grew dark.

“Looks like a big rain storm in the city,” said the old man.

“If we had hurried, we’d already be in the city,” grumbled the son.

It was late afternoon by the time they got to the hill overlooking the city. They stopped and stared down at it for a long, long time. Neither of them said a word. They turned their cart around and began to roll slowly away from what had once been the city
of Hiroshima.

This story — or one like it — has been told many times, and the moral of the story is clear.

James 4:13-17 states: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

The importance of knowing and doing God’s will cannot be overstated!


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