Everything In Its Time
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” And He list those things as: “A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn; and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence; and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”
We are confronted by many things in life; some good, some not so good, but according to Solomon, there has been a time set aside for us to experience them. And there is a scripture found in the New Testament that goes along with this one from the Old Testament, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28] The education we receive while in the service of the Lord is far ranging. If we understand that we are in the hand of God and the things we experience in life are for our learning, we will grow and mature and prosper in God. If we look at the things we experience as always being the fault of someone else, we are still a child in our thinking and God can’t use us to further His glory in the earth. The Apostle Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” [1 Corinthians 13:11] What the Apostle Paul is trying to tell us is to ‘grow up’ and realize everything is not always someone’s else’s fault. Sometimes the things we do and the things we say, trigger events that bring hardship upon us. Sometimes our hardship is the results of the actions of another person, but we get caught up in the after-effects of their deeds. And other times the things we do brings joy to our soul; but if we are always looking to blame someone else for the bad things that happen to us, we are still thinking like a child.
There is a reason for everything under the sun; some of them we understand are going to take place because they are a natural part of our life like the changing of seasons, others we have to discover the reason behind them and prevent that bad thing from ever happening in our life again. Listen, learn, grow, and become like Christ. This is God’s will for His children.
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