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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, December 22, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Solomon’s point is that God has a plan for all people. Thus, he provides cycles of life, each with its work for us to do. Although we may face many problems that seem to contradict God’s plan, these should not be barriers to believing in Him, but rather opportunities to discover that, with God, life’s problems have no lasting solutions!
Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice. (NLT)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens: . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. –Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (NIV)
Lin Daniels (Massachusetts) titled her story “A TIME FOR EVERYTHING;” here is a portion of Lin’s story:
“When my nephew called to tell me that my 27-year-old niece, Jen, had died suddenly and unexpectedly, my whole body began to shake. . . . During the agonizing days after her death, I wondered if I would ever smile again. . . . My heart was broken, and I was not sure it could ever be repaired.
“Today’s reading from Ecclesiastes reminds us that some seasons of our lives bring sorrow, but some bring joy. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of heartbreak, we are filled with unrelenting pain. We find it hard to imagine a less-painful time in the future. We feel trapped in sorrow with no hope.
“. . . God’s word gives us hope for another season aft3er sorrow, a season of joy and celebration – reminding us that God will walk with us in both seasons and bring healing as we go forward. We will not always stay in that season of grief; we will be able to rejoice again.”
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that even in seasons of deepest sorrow you are nearby and your love will see us through. Give us hope for the future, that we may persevere. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEEL HOPELESS
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