A time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)
King Solomon, the preacher writes this life changing message to all who have an ear to hear. For this message is for every generation and to all people. For in life, everything has a season and a time. For as he writes later in this book, A time to be born, and a time to die, A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:2 NKJV). For there is a beginning and an ending to everything. The issue at hand is how do we negotiate that nebulous middle part of life? This messy middle is what perplexes and causes many to stumble. For we all try our hardest to make it in life. Whether our efforts stem from our culture, value system, higher learning, philosophy, or faith all struggle to master life. The good news is with Jesus Christ we can master life and with hope that there is an author and finisher of our faith. Who comes with healing in his wings to bring us life more abundantly. Amen.
Each season is important to the overall development of the earth. Though we may all have a favorite season in order for life to come to fruition each season must come to its completeness. My mother loves the winter for with winter comes the Holiday season. My father enjoys the summer for its heat, fun and birthday season. But in reality, seasons are hard because they take time. Take winter for example. In the natural order of things, it doesn’t hit us all at once. What I mean is, in temperate climates, winter comes with a whisper not a blizzard. It first starts with a cool breeze in autumn, with the changes of the leaves and of seasons. Then comes the frost which tickles the blades of grass. In the course of time a refreshing fall of snowflakes come to rest on the ground and bring a briskness and completeness to the season. But it all starts with a whisper.
In our personal lives we should develop ourselves to face the changes of life. The great part about knowing the creator of all life is that he has given us his precious son Jesus Christ to guide us along the way. If we use his life book (bible) and follow the leading of his spirit (Holy Spirit) he will equip us with the strategies, grace, technique, to overcome in every situation and season of life. Thank you Jesus. The apostle Peter wrote to a young church and wanted to encourage them to not becoming stagnate in their faith. For writes: giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins (I Peter 1:5-9 NKJV).
This development or adding to one’s faith only comes through time and through experiencing the seasons of life. For if you are to add virtue to your faith, you must first have faith. And faith will only come to you by hearing the words of God (bible) on a continual basis i.e. personal study and going to church. After this you must add virtue to your faith. For virtue is a sense of moral correctness. This moral correctness only comes by learning and adhering to the standards set by the God of Heaven and Earth. Amen! What is his standard? Check out the book of Exodus and learn the commandments set forth by the Lord. If these commandments sound too numerous just do what Jesus said, Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and mind and love your neighbor as yourself and you will fulfill all of the Law and the prophets. Learning these commandments and what pleases the Lord teaches you and me how to live. How to live life without worry and with total dependence on the Lord. This doesn’t exclude us from doing anything, no far from it. It allows us to work our work and to do our deeds in the hope that the Lord will lead us and show us how to accomplish his goals for life. Knowing that in everything we can still overcome. While living in an environment of racism, I can still overcome through the Love of God. Because greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world. While having debt, I can still follow the Lord’s rules of money and become a lender and not a borrower. For he has given us the power to create wealth. How I can become the head and not the tail, above and not beneath and that I don’t have to resort to violence or cheating to accomplish and succeed in life. Amen.
Well, I’m out of time before I leave I pray this simple blessing:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. (Number 6:24-27 NKJV)