To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to morn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones; And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sow; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV
Jesus never promised life would be easy. He promised we would have tribulation. We will experience times of great joy and sorrow as we journey through life.
You may be experiencing great joy today. Perhaps God has brought love into your life. Maybe He blessed you with a child. You may be embarking on a new career or ministry opportunity. Perhaps this is a season of gathering and reaping in your life.
You may have lost a job. Your business may have failed. Perhaps you lost your home. Maybe you lost a loved one. This may be a season of weeping and morning for you.
Regardless of circumstances we have this in common; God chose us to live at this time in history. He chose our families. He custom designed our personalities and appearance. God created us with unique gifts and talents. You are unlike anyone who has ever lived.
God has his hand upon you today. Jesus loves you. He is still on the throne of creation. God has not allowed chance and circumstance to interfere with His plan for your life!
When we find ourselves in the cauldron of adversity it is difficult to remember Jesus loves us. It can be difficult to believe He will not give us more hardship than we can endure. Jesus uses seasons of trial to mold us and shape us into useful vessels.
God wants us to be thankful in every circumstance. He created all the things. He knows what it takes to make us useful vessels. He knows how to make us a blessing to other people. Only God knows what it takes for us to experience true joy.
My family and I were in a season of great adversity. We remained thankful. We looked past the hardship. Jesus blesses people who wait upon Him. He blesses people who look to Him for deliverance. Today our cup is running over with joy!
I do not know what this season of life holds for you. I do not know what tomorrow holds for me. God ordains the seasons of our lives. He holds tomorrow in the palms of His loving hands!
God wants you to trust Him during the seasons of trail and adversity. He wants you to lean on Him during seasons of blessing and prosperity.
The things God allows into your life must pass through the filter of His great love for you!
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