Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance

 

There is purpose in our living. Some seasons of our lives are joy-filled, while other seasons contain times of great hardship. Some days are filled with laughter, and other days are consumed by tears and sadness. Not a one of us can escape times of difficulty at some point in our lives. Yet all of us may be blessed by God’s guidance and wisdom helping us through these hard times.

I think the biggest challenge is seeing God’s hand throughout all these seasons, the good as well as the not so good. God wants us to grow and deepen in character as we come to rely more upon God’s grace through faith. As much as we don’t want to admit it, we grow more in the hard times than we do when life treats us well and we are simply coasting through our days.

God knows there will be days of suffering. Dear friends and family members will pass from our sight through death. We will be uprooted from what is comfortable. The potential for violence cannot be eradicated from the human heart. The passing of time causes deterioration; what is old will need to come down to make room for what is new. Some days we weep; some days we mourn. But God is with us through it all. Nothing surprises God, but God can bring good out of all circumstances.

 

Prayer

Dear God, we pray for the gift of time, not only time to accomplish what we want, but also to see your hand in all we do day by day. Help us grow in wisdom through all the circumstances we meet, to grow closer to you. We give you all praise in Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.

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