“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
If you’ve gotten to this point by skimming or skipping the passage above, I’m going to encourage you to go back, to reread, to take your time, and to meditate. Every word in the Bible was used for a reason and it helps me understand the Word when I spend time understanding why each one was used.
The Holy Spirit brought these verses to mind for this post because of what the Lord has been teaching me this week which is this: There are seasons to life, short or long, where doing the right thing sucks. We are still called to do them anyway.
This past Monday through Friday was exhausting because of homework piling up, long work days, physical and emotional exhaustion, the difficulty of highschool, and sleep that refused to yield any rest. I know that everyone has experienced this themselves, many for much longer than a week, so this is something we can all relate to and learn from.
This is much of the rest of our lives on earth. Working hard at what we’re called to do seems physically impossible and maintaining sanity seems emotionally impossible a lot of the time. There is a time and season for the tiring work of being a fallen person living in a fallen world.
However, there is hope not only in our eternal home of Heaven, but for this earthly life as well.
There is hope because there is also a time for renewing of the mind, reviving of the soul, resting of the body. There is hope because the good Lord has promised us His daily bread for our deteriorating, strengthless forms.
There is hope because Christ didn’t just provide for our eternity on the cross, He provided for the here and now. We won’t experience full restoration of our relationship with God until we are called home, but the fact is that His sacrifice is the only things that allows for a relationship at all! To be a child of God while still a sin-filled, sin-surrounded mortal, what wondrous feats of mercy!
I know that it can be hard to continue moving through the world when so much of our time seems like “time for difficulty and time for exhaustion,” but we do have respite. We have future hope in heaven and present hope in relationship with the God who promises that His mercies are new for us every morning!
God really is Jehovah Jireh -the Lord will provide- because He has made every provision for our earthly and eternal lives.
God isn’t just for after death, He is for right now. Missing this essential truth means missing out on a lifetime of relationship with the Creator of the universe.