Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!
While many live in fear of the Coronavirus that, for some, is fatal, God keeps telling me to shout,
“Arise, church! Stand in awe! Be expectantly amazed as your Father demonstrates His power and His provision in troubling days. God is refining us, His children, to stand boldly for His name’s sake. Yes, stand in awe as the Lord displays His glory!”
Do you live in expectation of the good God will bring? He is faithfully stretching us, bending us to seek new ways to reach others in community for the explosion of His church and the gospel. May we be faithful to the Lord and become like rubber bands!Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10) Click To Tweet
My prompt for you today is to read Ecclesiastes, chapter three. I personally love Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. We can use these verses as a way to appreciate and focus our efforts through each season of life, even the hard ones. I find these to be some of the most positive verses from today’s reading. Can’t we all use some positivity right now?
Early in the Book of Ecclesiastes, we notice that Solomon takes on a rather fatalistic view of life.
What is Fatalism?
Solomon actually says,
“Whatever will be, will be.”
We also hear him saying, subtly,
“What’s the use?”
“Why fight it?”
People act as if we have no power. As Christians, we often act that way, too. Where is our faith? Fatalism ignores God’s power, love, mercy, and grace.
“Why pray if God is going to do whatever He’s going to do – with or without our prayers?”
James tells us the real truth about prayer…that it does make a difference.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.
Story after story in the Old Testament tells how God changed His mind when His faithful servant pleaded with Him. For the protection of His people. For a new direction. For something other than destruction. In His love and compassion, God is faithful!
I noted in my post on Psalm 90 how God placed eternity in our hearts and also a yearning for something that satisfies and fills us.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
We will never be completely happy with earthly pleasures because He has given us a spiritual thirst that can only be satisfied by our eternal Father. God designed us so we would search for what fulfills us…so we will find Him!
Solomon’s cynicism about the evil in man’s heart is fairly accurate in our times. With this attitude, we use caution in how we approach others, Christian or otherwise. We might be inclined to approach everyone with the attitude that they are guilty liars without proof otherwise.
A cynical attitude says to treat others as guilty until proven innocent. It ignores the fact that God’s chosen are called to be truthful and should be treated as such (until or if proven otherwise).
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Yes, we are born sinners, but when we follow the instructions of the Lord, we strive to always tell the truth. We have redemption from sin through Jesus, and we resist temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God holds the judgment of our sins. We don’t. Keep in mind also that the Book of Ecclesiastes was written by a man with the viewpoint of a person who is “under the sun”. God’s viewpoint is heavenly, eternal, sovereign…holy.
I’d like to also point out that we see where the fatalistic attitude in terms of government has gotten us. We sometimes sit by and live prayer-less lives while also neglecting to vote.
We can push back against the urge to live with fatalistic viewpoints by praying – and by exercising our right to vote….. To remember that life is good – because life with the Risen Lord is good.
When it isn’t, we can remember and dwell on better times. Memories are such a blessing!
This song by The Byrds (Turn! Turn! Turn!) from my earlier years rings in my ears as I write today.
Those were the days when we had hints of scripture in secular music. You know … the good ole’ days. Do you remember it? How does it make you feel to hear it now, in light of all you’ve lived in the years since the 60’s?
Do you see God’s faithfulness today? I pray you have a blessed Easter as we worship in new and different ways this year. So far this week, looking at the week Jesus lived before His death and resurrection has been a blessing! Reading the accounts of the apostles in Jesus’ last days is a wonderful way to worship. Hugs, y’all!
Because He lives~