“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” — Ecclesiastes 3:1
Time, where does it go? There would appear to be a weariness that can cause a fatalistic view point. I can get to a point where I just retreat to the notion of “what difference does it make?” There seems to be callous that can build up when there are so many people dying at a young age, especially due to their own poor choices, the world around us seems to be falling apart. I have a history of addiction and have had victory, and I give all the glory to God. I’m also in the addiction recovery ministry so I get to see the victories and defeats. I can be a reference point to those that want to know, “how come some make it and some don’t?”
This is where I struggle between the sovereignty of God and man’s choice. The difference between God’s perfect will and His permissible will. I can relate to Solomon in chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes where he seems to be frustrated with what he sees.
This is where I need to stop looking and go back to trusting. I have to stop looking horizontally and start looking vertically. I may never understand the things that happen, I will never get used to seeing little children and parents burying their loved ones prematurely. There is a saying, “don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” Hebrews 11 starts off saying, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. If I take heed to Proverbs 3:5,6 then my job is to be reminded of truth, Jude tells us “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
I find that when I become confused I can take comfort in the One who understands, when life seems to wear me down I can run to the One who is strong enough to hold me up. I take comfort in the fact that God is in control, that my position is to be found seeking guidance from the scriptures that make some sense out of it all. I don’t have to have all the answers, but only to remain seeking. That said, tomorrow I will lace up my boots and continue to stay unhardened by the casualties of life. To be able to hear the echoes of God’s servant Job and believe what he says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth”!
Will you join me? Thanks for listening…
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” – George Mueller
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. Psalm 42:5