Ecclesiastes 3:1

Bird houseEcclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. As I was taking down the Christmas lights that I have on my Bluebird house stand this verse spoke to me. I have a pipe that I use to hang a bird house for attracting bluebird to nest. It was a success last year. However, at Christmas time I hang Christmas light across it to make me a multi-color Christmas tree in our front year. This year I decided that as soon as the lights were down, I would put the bluebird house back in place.
For as this verse states, to everything there is a season, and yes there is a season for putting out bluebird houses in this area. If you wait until after the first of February, there is a great chance of missing the first nesting pair of bluebirds. As these words that Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes has been written in songs and taught to many people through many commentaries the very simple essence of phase “to everything there is a time” is important.
To many times we miss out on opportunities that God has given us because we were not prepared or missed the season. As I look back on life, I can see some of the missed opportunities that I had to better serve my Lord. How shall I look at these missed opportunities? As I read II Samuel 12: 15-23 where God struck the child that Bathsheba had, and he became sick, David prayed and fasted. It was not until the child was dead that he arose, washed, and anointed and clothed himself that he came into the house of the Lord and worship. Why this change? David realized he sinned and this sin lead to missed opportunities to serve the Lord. However, David did not stop living for the Lord but kept on serving Him with this sin in the pass, but still in the memories of others.
For we can not change the pass, but we can redirect our lives back on the course that the Lord has for us. So, to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. This year I will again put out the bluebird house early and hope to have nesting birds. I learned from the pass that if I wait until March it will be too late.

Following Directions

Following Directions

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In Genesis chapter 13 we see that God had blessed both Abram and Lot. There possessions were so great that the land could no longer support all their livestock, so Abram decided to divide the land into two areas one to the right (north) and one to the left (south).
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So, Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So, Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
So, Lot chose to go east, not south or north. Abram gave Lot the right to chose but instead Lot decided that neither direction was the best and looked toward the plains of the Jordan. Lot looked and saw the things of this world and went in that direction. First pitching his tent near Sodom and as we read later moved in to Sodom and lived in their city. As we read in Genesis nineteen only Lot and his two daughters were saved when God destroyed Sodom. He lost everything but his two daughters. And then his daughters decided that they would preserve their father’s family line and gave him two sons, Moab and Ben-Ammi (the father of the Ammonites).
So be careful about going out on your own direction. It may be a slow drift, but once you set off in the wrong direction the harder it is to turn back. The key is to follow the direction God provides. In Genesis fourteen Lot could have returned to Abram, but instead returned to Sodom. Keeping God first in our lives is key to living a blameless life before God. Once your desires become focus on the things of this world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of our eyes, and the pride of life you and you do not realize that these are from the world and not from God; than your works will perish just as Lot’s did. Peter called Lot a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless who was rescued by God.
This happens to all who are truly a child of God, but who walks not in his ways. So, when we are forced to go in a new direction go forward in the path the Lord directs you instead of going into the direction that pleases the flesh, as Lot. It is the Lord who opens and closes doors, so pray and seek his will before you enter the next door that opens or closes for you.

His Coming

IMG_4877In II Timothy 4:6-8 Paul writes these words to Timothy as he is on trial before Caesar’s court.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
As I read these words that Paul writes to Timothy about his coming departure from this life, I realized that Paul must have known that the Lord’s return to the earth was not going to happen before his death. Last night as I was reading I Thessalonians 5:13-18 as Paul was writing to the Thessalonians about the Second Coming of Christ, I wondered why we as Christians don’t talk about His return in our everyday conversions. Yes, I am getting older, but unlike Paul my death is not interment. I am still looking for the Lord’s return. Just turn your eyes to the major events of the world especially those in the Middle East and ask yourself the question “where is this Coming he promised?”. Peter answers this question in II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief”.
Peter’s warning to us then is to look forward to this Coming and make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him.