To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven…
So begins Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.
The past two months have been filled with highs and lows: Children being born—people going home to the Lord; to some, “Pleased to meet you!”—to others, “Till we meet again!”; the year ends today—a new one begins tomorrow.
Life continues, sunrise to sunset; but God is present with us every day. He loves, comforts, guides, provides, sustains, maintains, and forgives us—we are never alone. For in His lovingkindness He drew us to Himself; and by His grace we are kept secure; we are never forsaken—regardless of what comes our way.
A time to . . .
And a time to . . .
Ecclesiastes 3 continues; contrasting and describing what happens in life. But God is the master of time, whether we like it or not. Moses prayed, in Psalm 90:1-2, 12:
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. . .
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
My times are in His hands; I cannot live my life without Jesus, for there is no one else who has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Whatever comes in the year 2014 will have been filtered through His grace and love, and I will move forward, step-by-step, into a deeper understanding of who He is and how much He loves me.
His hands are extended toward you, to meet your specific need, and if you look closely, your name is engraved on the palm of His hand and all that transpires in your life is in His hands (Isaiah 449:16). You are His beloved.
I leave you with this blessing, from Numbers 6:24-25,
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Thank You, Father, for drawing us to You with lovingkindness and holding us fast in Your hands. Nothing can separate us from Your love. We look to You at the sunset of this year and the dawn of the new year. May our lives glorify You; in Jesus’ name, amen.