Everything in Time

In Time by Carly Ogletree

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:

I encourage you to read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 whenever you have a moment, and really meditate on what the Lord is saying. It talks about a time to be born and a time to die, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to mourn and a time to dance. When we think about the goodness of the Lord, we’re expecting good things (as we should). All good and perfect things come from the Lord, but because of sin we no longer live in a perfect world. We live in a world of sickness, poverty, violence, and destruction. But did you know that through it all God is still good? Some will ask, “Well, if God is so good then why do all of these things happen?” Great question. Your Bible says in John 10:10 that the thief, which is Satan, comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus comes to give life, and life more abundantly. We must comprehend the reality of the enemy in this world. If you believe that God exists, you must believe that Satan exists too. If you believe in Heaven, then you must believe in Hell. If you believe in goodness, then you must believe in evil. These two coexist in our reality and are in constant opposition of one another.

Now some of us are pessimist and some of us are optimist but we should all be realist. We should all be able to acknowledge good and evil at the same time. In our seasons, we should be able to discern good times and bad times. For those of you that lean more on the pessimist side, I want you to know that in those bad times that you focus so hard on God is still there. When you lose your job, when your loved one dies, and when you’ve been hurt, God is still there. These things happen because of sin and not because of God. It was never in God’s original design for us to endure the trials of this life, but here we are. Now God allows things in your life to happen but there’s always purpose. He would never spitefully allow chaos in your life. Your Bible says God doesn’t desire that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The word repentance means “a turning away.” It means turning away from sin and running into the arms of the Lord. It means turning away from anger towards God and running towards prayer for comfort. It means turning away from trying to figure things out on your own and turning your cares over to the One that is Lord over all.

You may not fully understand the season that you’re in, and you may not need to. But one thing you must know is that God is good in spite of everything. You must know that He is working all things together for your good, if you love Him. All things means all things, including the things going terribly wrong. There’s purpose in everything. You must trust that God knows what He’s doing even when you don’t. In due time, the spirit of truth, which is the Holy Spirit, will guide you into all truth and inform you on everything you need to know in this season. But everything is by faith which is confidence in God to do what His word says He’ll do. Do you have it?

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