A time and a season
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is the saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” I hear it all the time, especially when things don’t turn out the way we want them too. Is this really truth; biblical? Are we predestined for everything that happens to us? NO
We all have a purpose; however, we also have free will to make choices on how we live. Sometimes the circumstances that follow certain decisions, are a good indication, that not everything happens for a reason. It’s not based on Karma either, that is a twisted version of the truth. If that were true Jesus would never have came to save the sinner. We would have to lay in the bed we created. That’s not how God works. Bad things happen in this world, and they aren’t of God. Why? Because God is good. Good cannot associate with evil; light cannot associate with darkness. People believe God let’s bad things happen, but this is absolutely not true. It is our own sinful nature that allows such things, but we can invite God to intervene.
When a teenager believes they have all the answers to choose for their life, it becomes dangerous. “It’s my life,” is a common phrase. It’s up to parents to guide children into the right ways to live. Even adults fall into the trap of believing we are strong enough to guide our own lives. Our belief that we are smart enough to guide our own lives is dangerous, since we didn’t create ourselves, nor did we create this world. Our lives are not our own, they are a gift. We have no control over what happens to us, and we have a limited knowledge on the things of this world, physically and spiritually; therefore we need God’s guidance to help us have discernment over good and evil.
Wikipedia states that the saying, “Curiosity killed the cat,” is actually a proverb used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. If God gives you a warning, heed it, and don’t investigate any further. We need God to guide our lives.
A lot of people delve into all types of spiritual things, seeking to find their inner selves and find their true meaning in life, and discover what their future will hold. You must be careful opening the door to the spiritual world, not all things are of God.
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you.” – Deuteronomy 18:9-12
If you have strayed from the path God has set out for you, God can always help you find your way back on track, and wash out the evil from your life. There is nothing too big for God to handle, and most times He already knows what we will do before we do it. God always has a plan B; however, God’s timing is much different than ours. We must learn to wait on God.
God warned Eve in the garden; however, she was that of a curious cat and jumped the gun. Her decisions ultimately caused a domino effect on the world, and affected the society we live in today. But God quickly sent Jesus to save us, and pay a debt that we simply couldn’t pay. We do still have to live with our circumstances. For example, women go through painful labors, and we must work and toil the earth. (Genesis 3) But through Christ we can enjoy the blessings of life also. After the painful labor a beautiful baby is born; a new life given. After the toiling work is done, we receive a reward for it. God doesn’t leave us with nothing.
God is in control when we let him, but there is a very present evil roaming the earth. Even though Eve failed God, He had a plan to help us out of the messy state we got ourselves into, and that was Jesus. He came at the right time, and the right season, and dispensation. Our decisions can lead to circumstances that we will ultimately have to live with. In our own freewill, we aren’t truly free. A life without morals and rules basically means everything goes, even murder. You can’t pick and choose, evil is evil. “If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.” This is such a true statement.
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Not everything we come across is a part of our destiny, but the bible does say that God wastes nothing. He uses everything, and works it for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28) To take you from where you are and sling shot you to where you are meant to be. Like a perfectly pieced puzzle. He takes messes, and turns them into masterpieces and miracles. This new year, pray God’s perfect will over your life, then watch as the beautiful story of your life unfolds.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28