Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)
Good Times and Bad
Throughout history, Canada has enjoyed good times and bad. On every list of the best things that have happened in Canada was the discovery of insulin and the use of it in treating patients suffering from diabetes. In 1920, at the University of Toronto, a surgeon named Frederik Banting, with the assistance of a medical student, Charles Best, noticed that the pancreas of those patients who died of diabetes was seriously damaged. After experiments were done on dogs, the extract created out of glucose was injected into a 14-year-old boy, and the test was a huge success.
We all like the good times in life. Fortunately, most of life is this way – we enjoy the blessings of friendships and family, food on the table, a roof over our heads, something meaningful to spend our time on. Life goes along smoothly and we thank the Lord for His many blessings. But what happens when the good times come to a screeching halt and everything seems to be crashing down on our heads? When a loved one passes, when we lose our job, when we are diagnosed with a serious illness? Solomon gives this wise advice in Ecclesiastes 7:14: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” I love this sage advice. When things are going well, enjoy those days – be happy. And when they aren’t going so well, don’t forget that God has made both and He is with us through the good and the bad. None of us know what the future holds, Solomon says, so keep on trusting God through it all.
These have been words from the heart.