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Seasons Of Life

SeasonHow we live our life now will determine what our next existence will be (eternal life or damned). Our lives are split into seasons. Unlike the weather system on this earth having four main and a few storm seasons, mankind has many seasons that flow within our physical and emotional states. How we handle the circumstances given to us in these seasons teach us lessons for how to better handle what this life brings. The key is to live each day for God and not ourselves because our actions effect the lives of those around us.

The Book of Ecclesiastes discusses living on this earth and the senselessness of some things that we do that will have spiritual ramifications in heaven. The choices made while dealing with circumstances given us help shape us from birth to death and prepare us for our eternal existence whether exalted or damned. The writer calls all activities vanity and basically worthless expenditures or our time under the sun. In chapter three, the writer informs us of the human seasons.

For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven —
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to discard,
7 a time to tear and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Scripture tells us that God really desires all of His children to come home but He knows that will not happen. We are given choices and God guides us using the Holy Spirit and others to help put us on the road that leads home. The Devil puts potholes and bumps along the way to deter us from our eternal home.

Looking at the choices from Ecclesiastes 3, some things are unavoidable such as our birth and death. The other choices made are ways that our life is guided towards God. Some are emotional and others are physical, some are both. Think about it, planting and uprooting have many meanings from gardening to moving or staying still. Each one is relational. How we handle our relationship with others is a true test of living.

How many bridges get torn down just to get built elsewhere? How often do we feel anger and are hard pressed to pick up the pieces? How about our choice in friends and acquaintances? When do we raise our voice or stay silent letting others chose their path? How long we let ourselves stay in one negative season such as bitterness will dictate if we can ever make it to a season of happiness. We have to know when and how to let go.

Our actions and reactions towards each other determine the status of our relationships here on earth. With God in our lives we really cannot stay in the negative seasons for very long. How glorious the relationship we have with the Father in Heaven.
We can learn a lot from a wise king even though he had many troubles and made some very unwise choices in his own life which had disastrous effects on the whole nation. His teaching is wise and I bet that if he had actually stayed true to God’s Law the nation would not have suffered as it did.

This time we live in is very testing. It is hard to keep in line and on the narrow path when we are in a society that accepts immoral behavior as normal. If we are not careful, the devil’s snare will have taken everything. What can we do? Pray, stay in the Word, worship with others, keep His Word on our lips do not waver, share with everyone no matter what. Maintain a best positive attitude whenever possible and if we do have to react negatively, get out of that season quickly.

We will suffer a persecution of many kinds. Stay positive through persecution just as the Disciples did. Some will call it defiance but we should understand that we meet pain and suffering with joy and gladness. Weep for loss but celebrate what has been gained. Do not fear because if have faith, God will not leave us forsake us and we will be comforted. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, be blessed with the knowledge that Jesus died and rose for us, for you. May God shine upon you and guide you. AMEN

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