Sunday, September 12, 2010

Everything is Beautiful

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." (Eccl. 3:11).

The activities of Ecclesiastes (chapter three), are to be conceived of as forms of divine activity. There is a proper time for God to do things. Therefore, since the right time for all things has been determined, everything rests on God's will and good pleasure. Both the timing and the doing are of God. There is no blind fate driving the events of tomorrow. The events of 2010 are uncertain to us, but not to God—His hands are not tied. All things are not only open and clear to Him, they are part of His perfect plan. No matter what happens tomorrow, we find comfort in knowing that God will make it beautiful in time.

  • But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20
  • And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
  • In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
  • And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7
  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6

We are participants in the plan of God. These words, at first, might steal our confidence since it means that we are not in control of the events of tomorrow. As mere men—as creatures—we have no ultimate power. If we could, we would predestine every event of the future to suit ourselves. Yet, such providence is not within our grasp—we're powerless to control the future. Such thoughts might lead us to hopeless despair. Considered alone, we're but sand in the cogs of time. Yet for the one who trusts in God, these words become our complete comfort. The all-wise, all-knowing God, who loves us with an everlasting love, is in complete control of all events. His timing is perfect. His plan is perfect. We are part of that perfect plan. No event of our life is without purpose, and He is working all those events together for our good and His glory!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Pastor Booth, how I needed this today! Thank you for your shepherd's heart and your kindness toward us.