As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” I know that for myself, as an emotional human being, I often tend to hang onto things that are in the past, or attempt to reach something completely out of my physical grasp. I don’t tend to let go and move on from emotionally draining situations in my life. As verses 2-8 say:
"A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted."
This life is limited, and we are called to live it for the fulfillment and furthering of God’s kingdom. This life will come to an end! We are called to live for God so that when we see Him face to face, we may hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
“A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”
As a teenage girl, which I know probably half of you can relate, I often allow my emotionally wrecked state of mind take over my thoughts and my actions. I don’t easily let go of what is not meant to be in my life due to my lack of selflessness and my need to fix my eyes on the Father’s plan. LISTEN! I know things in this life hurt! They were placed there by God for a reason: to make you stronger and to lift your gaze to Him. Scripture says that God will not place in front of you any temptation that is too difficult for you to overcome. He is calling you to cling to Him that HE may display His power before you and give you the realization that you really cannot walk through this life without Him and make it out alive on the other side.
“A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away.”
I’m not saying that when temptation is present, you will be so blissfully happy and overcome instantly with flying colors. Temptation is hard. God is with us through the trials, but remember that they are there to make you stronger. If you are given a 2 pound weight to lift everyday, your muscles won’t grow! The journey becomes more difficult as life proceeds in its natural direction. The struggles will increase, and we are called to face them with faith and unceasing prayer.
"A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”
It’s okay to be broken! It’s okay to be torn apart and to cry, guys included (Yes girls, guys cry too). Many times we are told to just keep our head up and be strong. That’s not always how it goes. God created us to be able to cry. He wouldn’t have if He always expected us to be strong. There is a time, however, to be mended and made new and full of joy. Many times, we are told to hold our tongues and to keep silent and to ourselves. Of course, the James 3 tells of the dangers of the tongue, but what I’m talking about is standing strong for you faith and proclaiming the word of God from the rooftops. Jesus wasn’t hushed in His ministry for fear of death. He didn’t meet underground with the few followers He had and whisper His message for fear of offending other religions. He declared His truths with all His might and without any shame! There is a time to hold your tongues, but when an opportunity to share the words of Christ are presented to you, take it with all boldness of heart, for “we are given, not a spirit of timidity, but of courage and sound mind.”
And finally, verse 8: “ There is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
There are many times when our anger can slither itself into our minds and hearts and cause an outrageous outpouring. The Devil is watching and waiting to capture any opportunity for his use. If you become angry, pray! You do not want to give into the deception of your own heart telling you that proving your own validity will make things better. Be humbled before the Lord, and cast your anxious angers and emotions on Him so that He can help you make it through your temptations.
I love you all dearly and hope this speaks to your hearts,