“I was glad when
they said unto me,
Let us go into the
house of the Lord.
Because of the house
of the Lord
Our God I will seek
In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read,
“To every thing there is a season, and a
time to every purpose under the heaven:”
This reflects on the varied seasons of
life-on-earth experiences. Times of
gladness and times of sadness and distress, and all have a purpose in our
life. Each is part of life’s lesson plan
for our maturing in spiritual wisdom. All are to be expected and welcomed.
At this present time, we look forward to
the earth cycle of summer in the northern part of the globe. It is a time when
friends and family members join in fellowship and celebrations. A time of travel
and visiting, the outdoor barbeques, weddings, birthdays, and also, the worry
of hospital visits and sad farewells to those who are promoted to glory.
Throughout scripture, we are given guidance
on conduct and attitudes, regardless of life’s circumstances. In the Epistle of
James, chapter 1, verse 12, “Blessed is the man (person) that endureth
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the
Lord hath promised to them that love him.” This informs us that there will be
temptations, there will be trials and disappointments, that everyone will
endure. Endurance is the key. Prayer and
faith will sustain. Life is inclusive in all these matters.
We are further instructed in verse 22, “Be
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…” which is consistent with our
Principle of Personal Responsibility. It
may not always be convenient, and perhaps is seldom convenient, to be helpful
to someone in need. It is, however, always necessary to be a “doer of the
word”. It is necessary to be timely in
helping someone in need. It is necessary
for our own spiritual growth, to respond to the need, regardless of any
personal inconvenience. Imagine saying to someone who may be troubled or
distressed, “Can you hold on for (whatever time… a few hours or days or more)
until it is more convenient for me, and then I will be there to help you.”
We each have the present moment. We hold
memories of the past and hopes for the future. The past cannot be changed. The
future is a dream. Now, the present, is the time of action. Let us seize the moment to act for the
greater good. This may be the only time.
May God Bless you, In His Service, and
grant you peace.