Friday, May 17, 2013

Seasons of Purpose

~Seasons of Purpose ~

For every season there is a purpose  ~  Romans 8:28 (Trusting God) in your seasons of life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; 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. 

Are you struggling with the season of life God has purposed for you? Maybe you have asked God, “Why is this happening and what is the reason or purpose for this?”  Scripture says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  God makes it very clear in Romans 8:28, “... that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to His purpose.”  

There is a battle going on inside of you for control which starts from the very beginning of your Christian life. Submitting your life to someone, namely God, sounds impossible, unthinkable and even a little far-fetched at times. If you are being stubborn and think you will not submit to anyone or anything, you are wrong, you will always be submitting to someone or something––and that can be extremely dangerous for you. 

Each one of us is in a season of life that God has prepared for us. A time or purpose in our lives that we can trust God in, whether it be a season of pain and heartache, or a season of change and growing. All have their purpose and we as Christians must trust God in His divine plan for us in the season of our life.

Psalm 42:11 says, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Are you unable to trust the One who created the universe, and who set the sun, moon and stars in their place? Why are you so depressed? Why are you so upset? Choose this day to put your hope in God and don’t be afraid of the path God has chosen for you. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” Psalm 56:3.

To trust God in times of trouble is difficult and I would in no way want to say that it is not. But, knowing that He has a purpose for the times of adversity in our lives is a matter of trusting God by faith and faith is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Holy Spirit makes the Word of God come alive in our hearts and creates in us the faith that is needed to allow Him to rule not giving way to feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear. We must trust God even though we do not feel like doing so.

Has God ever lied to you or not kept His promises? Has He withheld His love from you or abandoned you? Are not His mercies new every morning and His compassions never end?  Isn’t the LORD good to those who trust in Him, to the one who seeks him?  “It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation (deliverance) of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:22-26).

Thought: John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” watched as cancer painfully took the life of his wife over a period of many months. John recalls those days in saying: “I believe it was about two or three months before her death, when I was walking up and down the room, offering disjointed prayers from a heart torn with distress that a thought suddenly struck me, with unusual force, to this effect––The promises of God must be true; surely the Lord will help me, if I am willing to be helped! It occurred to me, that we are often led . . . [from an undue regard of our feelings], to indulge that unprofitable grief which both our duty and our peace require us to resist to the utmost of our power. I instantly said aloud, Lord, I am helpless indeed, in myself, but I hope I am willing, without reserve, that thou shouldest help me.”

John Newton chose to be helped. He chose to trust God through prayer and by reading His Word. David said in Psalm 34:4, “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” It is our responsibility to choose to trust the LORD and to be dependent upon Him for all things.

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