The Many Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, 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.

As each of us travel along the paths of our lives we are confronted with the many seasons spoken of in the book of Ecclesiastes. Joy, pain, loss, gain…no mater what time or season you may find yourself in or experiencing right now one thing is certain; God, the Father is still on His throne!

At some of the lowest points in our lives, when we have experienced pain, sickness, suffering or the loss of a loved one, I always hear the question asked: “Why is God allowing this to happen?”

I too have asked that question at times. The truthful answer is that many times only God knows why. It may sometimes seem unfair to be kept in the dark about the events that take place throughout our lives, or to not have the answers to certain questions. But that is where we must exercise our faith and trust in Almighty God, believing in our hearts that He indeed loves us as His children and that it is all a part of His design. We must remain confident and believe that He is firmly in control of not only the many seasons of our lives, but of all things.


Seek God First

Matthew 6:31-33  –  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Do you find yourself among the ranks of those who are fearful of what tomorrow may bring with it? This is an uncertain world and we are living in extremely uncertain times, but regardless of this uncertainty we all have basic needs that must be met in order to live our lives. God, our Creator, knows both the needs and the desires of our hearts, and his love for us extends far beyond simply supplying those things to us. But first, we must seek the Kingdom of Heaven. To “make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. Like any father who loves his children, it is God’s desire to give us the things that we have need of…If we will only put him first in our lives.


In Times of Frustration

Joshua 1:9  –  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Frustration can come over us in many forms – especially around the holidays. We may feel exhausted, defeated, disappointed, dissatisfied, undermined, or any number of other unpleasant emotions tugging at us. Frustration empties us of energy, confuses our thoughts, undercuts our abilities, and makes us feel like we are so close and yet so far away. The Bible says that frustrations are a part of living in this sinful world. One of the biggest frustrations is the way sin and evil seem so often to frustrate good. But God offers us his view of the frustrations we face: Frustrations are temporary obstacles that can be overcome, not by eliminating them, but by persevering through them. So when you feel frustration come over you, ask the Lord for strength to overcome and persevere!


Eternal Life

John 11:25-26    – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Jesus has power over life and death as well as the power to forgive sin. What remain as complex mysteries to us are elementary concepts to him because he is the Creator of life. He who is life can surely restore life. Whoever believes in Christ has a spiritual life that death cannot conquer or diminish in any way. When we realize his power and how wonderful his offer of salvation to us really is, how can we not commit our lives to him? To those of us who believe, what wonderful assurance and certainty we have: “I will live again, and you will, too”.


Hope

Psalm 31:24  –  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

 

Those who put their faith and trust in Christ are faced with the same difficulties in life as those who choose not to do so, yet God promises that if our hope is in the Lord Jesus we should face those problems with a courageous spirit.  We, as Christians, can rejoice in the knowledge that when things get tough we can call upon the Lord for strength and know that He is their for us.