Monday, September 15, 2008

Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace

Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes. He was the second son born to David and Bathsheba. II Sam. 12: 23-24 says he was beloved of God. David chose him as his successor while he was in his teens. He is well known for his temples and palaces, 700 wives and 300 concubines. I Kings 4:32 says he spoke 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. His wisdom was sought after. Due to his sinful ways, however, he fell into idol worship and far away from God. You can see this if you read all of Chapter 3. He has no sense of security in God at all. He reigned 40 years and had one son.


Everything has a time and season. Besides when we are born and when we die, as well as the times for planting and harvesting, the rest of the scriptures really give us wisdom as to how to live our lives while we are in this time and space that the Lord has given. We often find ourselves tearing down when we should be building, or giving up before we are done. We speak when we should be silent. We often hate what we should love and love what we should hate. We dance when we should be working and some people work and never dance!

When I woke up Saturday morning I had a thought in my head (very unusual)!! The thought that I believe God placed there for my benefit is what I want to share with you for your own consideration as we age and move through our seasons here on earth.

My thought was: As you age and the physical body deteriorates (much to your chagrin), how important is that compared to what God is doing in your spiritual life as a Christian? If you are walking with God in obedience He is renewing you; you are not deteriorating at all!

This is a positive element within our spirit. God placed the Holy Spirit within us as believers in Christ. If you do a word search on the names of the Holy Spirit, they are many. They are powerful and positive. God has graced us with His spirit within in order to renew us to be with Him in perfection one day.
Let us be encouraged as we move through the seasons in our lives, that our God is with us and for us, giving us a renewal as we follow Him. What grace!
In His Grip,

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