Ecclesiastes 3:1, 10-11
To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven . . . I have seen the painful labor and exertion and miserable business which God has given to the sons of men with which to exercise and busy themselves. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Amplified Bible)
Whenever I read this (full) passage, I cannot help but remember the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” as sung by The Byrds in the mid to late 60′s. Love and hate, peace and war, weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing, are all parts of our human existence. And none of these last forever, they play out as seasons of our lives.
It is somewhat easy to have faith and believe, to act upon the SPIRITUAL GIFTS we have been given in our NEW LIVES when we are in the ‘good’ and ‘comfortable’ times. But most of us would agree that we need to have faith, believe and act when the times are not pretty, and are difficult. The only way we can do this, however, is to daily attempt to fully grasp GOD’S LOVE and his plan for SALVATION for us, when we can trust in a God who loves us, and who keeps His promises for us. And as we GROW and are TRANSFORMED from glory to glory, we must remember this – there are others who don’t understand who Jesus is and what He promises. If we who believe need this bedrock of understanding to make it through the tough times, how much harder is it for someone who is in the dark? We owe it to Him who saved us, to live the kingdom of heaven so that others may have the opportunity to receive what we have been given. It all starts with knowing who Jesus is.
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Messiah of God.”
Holy Spirit, embolden us to enlighten the crowds, by our lives and by our words, that Jesus Christ is Lord, Son of the Father. Let us reflect this truth even as the moon reflects the sun. BAPTIZE us with fire and fan the flame of our gifts that You may be glorified with the Father and Son that all mankind be given the opportunity to receive RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and JOY. Bring revival to us all.