A scripture the Lord is placed on my heart today: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven— A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear 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 throw away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to keep silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace."
Then the first part of verse 11, “He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]..."
What I find so amazing and comforting about these verses is:
This time we are living in right now is only a season (I am not making light of the seriousness of everything we are facing) I am simply saying look beyond, get a different-perspective. God is doing something simply because that's Who He is! He is unchangeable, everlasting, always desiring to engage with His creation. His hope is always that Jesus Christ and all He did on the cross be made known on the earth!
The question is, what will we learn from this time/season we find ourselves in? Will it be like so many other times, where once we get through it we just go back to life as it was?
In the life of a believer these verses are so incredible because it's a promise that Heaven is invading your life and wants to release to you something so amazing it causes you to truly say, “I will never be the same again." The promise all of us have today is out of the ashes we will rise and what was created in this season will be beautiful in the fullness of its time.
Look around in the midst of all the craziness is the GOODNESS OF GOD wanting to interact with you, teach you and transform you into more Christ-likeness. It was said of Moses (80 years old wandering in the desert tending sheep) “because he took the time to see the great sight (the burning bush) God spoke."
Slow down and see the burning bushes!!!
Stop and listen Heaven wants to speak!!
My encouragement to everyone reading this is simply to mix faith with the “Good News” that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He died for you and He is Resurrected and seated at the Right Hand of God, and all who are willing to mix faith with Him, will never perish, but will rule and reign with Him forever and ever!
My prayer for all of us in this appointed time is simply to pray the way Elisha prayed:
“Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servants eyes." 2 Kings 6:16-17 AMP
Rev. Mark S. Benson pastors Joy Fellowship Church in Bradford, RI. He has a heart to see people come into a right and wonderful relationship with God and see their lives renewed and transformed through the power of Jesus Christ.