Words from the Heart for Thursday February 2nd, 2017
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
A Time For Every Purpose
On Groundhog Day everyone is watching to know what the weather will continue to be. How close are we to the next season of spring? The Word of God speaks of seasons, too. These seasons are times for the purposes of the Lord to be expressed in our lives. He controls those seasons. He is committed to us. He knows everything about the season to come!
In a speech in Toronto’s Massey Hall on October 14, 1904, Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier waxed eloquent about his view of Canada’s future. He told the audience that day, “I tell you nothing but what you know when I tell you that the nineteenth century has been the century of the United States development. The past hundred years has been filled with the pages of their history. Let me tell you, my fellow countrymen, that the twentieth century shall be the century of Canada and of Canadian development. For the next seventy-five years, nay for the next hundred years, Canada shall be the star towards which all men who love progress and freedom shall come.” To make good on his convictions, Wilfrid Laurier opened wide the country’s gates to immigration, stimulating the colonization of Western Canada.
One of the great challenges of leadership is understanding the times. For the Christian leader, it means understanding the times in the context of God’s word. God speaks most clearly into the lives of His people through the Bible, but He also does so through the events taking place in the world around us. He is ultimately in control of the events of individuals and nations, and in spite of how frightening this world can be, with natural disasters, political upheaval, financial pressures, illness and death, God has not abandoned us. And He is control of the seasons and the times. Solomon understood this millennia ago and wrote this in Ecclesiastes 3:1: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Solomon then goes on to list the things that mark the life of people everywhere at all times – a time to be born and to die, a time to weep and to rejoice, a time to plant and to pull up. All of these things, good and bad, glorious and painful, are part of life in a fallen world. And through each of these times, those of us who have put our faith in Jesus Christ trust continue to trust Him. What “time” is it for you? A challenging time? These only last a season. Trust God through this time with the assurance that there is a season and a time for everything under heaven.
These have been words from the heart.