Faith Filled Family Magazine November 2016 - Page 58

fillment than one of despair. For instance, there is much more satisfaction in celebrating a new life than there is in dealing with the passing away of a loved one. And unless, weeping is induced by a moment of sheer happiness, many would rather pretend to act as though they can handle anything that comes their way. But, be that as it may, life has seasons and we must learn to adjust or we will forever be unbalanced. So, how does one properly handle these seasons of life? Well, it is God who governs this world and has ordained time proportionately fit for events to occur within a specific time frame. And truly, only He knows the start and the completion of these opportunities, historic moments, life events, and the mere operations of such. So, let’s examine some of these seasons as outlined in the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3 verses 2-11. Sometimes, things happen which we have no control over, whatsoever. And it is in these such seasons that we learn when to refrain and when to continue. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22). There’s no getting around the conditions of life which God has pre-ordained. According to the Word, it all begins with the birth of life in one form or another. Certainly, there is A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. (Ecclesiastes 3:2 AMP). We are here on this earth to effect positive change within our community, society, and the world. While breath is in us, it would behoove us to use our time wisely and productively. one has been killed. And rightly so! However, during times of war and in defense of one’s country, we get a better understanding of You see--unless the rapture oc- the meaning of verse 3. A time to curs before we die, we all have kill and a time to heal; A time to an appointment with death. I tear down and a time to build up. know, this is not a subject most Overtime, that which was built people like to discuss, but, let not may need to be torn down. It beyour heart be troubled, because comes unsafe for it to remain in those who enjoy fellowship with the place where it is. And then God have nothing to fear. Jesus there’s the reconstruction of new conquered death. “Death swal- buildings, homes, playgrounds, lowed by triumphant Life! Who etc. to upgrade the community. got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you Now, in the spiritual, a relationnow?” (1 Corinthians 15; 55- 57 ship may need a major reconMSG). We no longer need to struction for it to be restored. This fear death, but through Christ, can be that of business partners, can gladly welcome death relish- a family, friendship, and the ing in the knowledge and joy that person you’re dating, the team as believers we will be forever you’re working with. And let us with the Lord. not forget the most important relationship of all; our relationship There is a time for planting and with the Lord. And this requires then a time to reap a mighty har- responsibility and accountability vest. This is in both the natural on each person involved. If there and the spiritual. When a farmer is to be a renewal and a resurplants seeds, he has to be sure rection of such, you have to let of planting in good soil. Then he go of negative attitudes, selfish must water and weed out unde- ways, pride and arrogance. You sirable elements which can in- must seek counsel, if need be, fect his garden. And if there is a and be willing to look for the best drought, surely his crops or what interest of others. In a word, be is planted is in danger of dying. willing to serve wholeheartedly, So it is in the spiritual. We are be faithful, loyal and committed. the salt of the earth. “You are the Most assuredly, we face times to [a]salt of the earth; but if the salt dance and celebrate a victory or has [b]lost its taste (purpose), a time to mourn our loss. A. time how can it be made salty? It is to weep and a time to laugh; no longer good for anything, but A time to mourn and a time to be thrown out and walked on to dance (Vs 4). It could be a by people [when the walkways physical loss or the loss of some are wet and slippery]. (Matthew material possession due to a tre5:13-16). In essence, we are a mendous storm. It may be the taste of godliness to the world loss of a job unjustly administhat is in desperate need of a tered. And, sadly, it could be the Savior. end of an era, such a one’s marriage to divorce. Whatever the It’s natural to frown and be dis- loss is, we can yet have HOPE heartened when we hear some- when it seems as if our world