Words from the Heart for Saturday June 18th, 2016

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)

Good and Bad Times

No matter what the circumstances of life are like, God holds on to us and has a purpose in mind. We may not know what His purposes are, but both good and bad things are being worked together for our good. Thank God that He has a hold on you.

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Devotion

The first winters of the French in Acadia were very painful and cost the life of several men. On Sainte-Croix Island in 1604-1605 more than thirty men of the company the sieur de Mons died of scurvy. The winters in Port-Royal were less rigorous, but nonetheless long and dull. To brighten the atmosphere and foster the esprit de corps Samuel de Champlain had the idea to create “”the order of Good-Cheer”” during the winter 1606-1607. The members of the small elite of Port-Royal were to prepare a meal for their fellow-members, with the fruit of their hunting and fishing in the rich Acadian natural environment plentiful with game and fish of various kinds. From time to time, the entire community was also invited to share the feast. The evening was filled not only with great food, but with pomp and ceremony as well.

I love the honesty of God’s Word. It doesn’t gloss over the bad times and it celebrates the good. It also recognizes that the Lord God is in control of every situation and whether we are going through times of testing or ease, God is with us. Ecclesiastes 7:14 says “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” We live our daily lives and both good and bad things come our way. What we can’t see is the big picture of our lives. Only the Lord sees that. He hovers over our lives, knowing exactly what we need to become the person He desires us to be. He knows how much we can handle, trusting Him through the difficult times, times He uses to help us lean on Him more and prove His faithfulness. He knows how much pain we can bear, how many challenges we can face, how often we can handle the pressures of life. And He sends us the good days as well. It’s easy to see the good days as a gift from the Lord. It isn’t nearly as easy to see the tough times as a gift from Him, unless we are able to step back and ask the Lord to reveal to us His purpose in them. If you are going through a tough day today, trust God, and ask Him to teach you whatever it is He is wanting to through this, recognizing that He loves you. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley