LIFe with God: November 28, 2018

Posted on November 28, 2018

Scripture

Ecclesiastes 3

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Observation

Albert Barnes: It follows from 2:26 that the works of people are subject in their results to another will (God’s) besides that of the doer. Here is the germ of the great question of later times – how to reconcile man’s free will with God’s decrees. Solomon’s way of stating it is that to every separate work, which goes to make up the great aggregate of human activity (the “travail,” 3:10), there is a season, an appropriate time which God appoints for its being done 3:1-8. To the question 3:9 What profit? he answers that the works of people, if done according to God’s appointment, are a part of that beautifully arranged scheme of Divine Providence which, as a whole, is, by reason of its extent and duration, incomprehensible to us 3:11. Man’s good is to rejoice and do good in his lifetime, which he can do only as God appoints 3:12-13. God’s work, of which this would be a part, is forever, is perfect (and so not subject to vanity), and is calculated to teach people to revere Him 3:14. His work, which was begun long ago, is now going on to completion; His work hereafter will be a complement of something which was done previously; and He recalls the past in order to add to it what shall make it complete and perfect 3:15. The principle of divine government – that every work in order to be permanent and successful must be God’s work as well as man’s work – is also declared in Psalm 127:1-2 (attributed to Solomon).

Application

LASB: Although we may face many problems that seem to contradict God’s plan, these should not be barriers to believing in him, but rather opportunities to discover that, without God, life’s problems have no lasting solutions! Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice.

Your ability to find satisfaction in your work depends to a large extent upon your attitude. You will become dissatisfied if you lose the sense of purpose God intended for your work. We can enjoy our work if we (1) remember that God has given us work to do (3:10), and (2) realize that the fruit of our labor is a gift from him (3:13). See your work as a way to serve God. Because we have eternity planted in our hearts, we have a unique purpose in God’s overall plan. Yet we cannot discover God’s purpose for our lives by our own efforts—only through building a relationship with him and seeking his guidance. Are you now living as God wants? Do you see life as a gift from him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Help me to wait on and be sensitive to Your timing, and not to let anything dissuade me from obedience when the time comes. Whatever work I may have at whatever season of my life, may I do it to honor You. Remind me to spend time regularly nurturing my relationship with You and living in such a way that honors You and impacts the world around me positively for Your kingdom. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Andy Lanning

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Media Industries (TV/Movies, Radio/Music, Print/Internet)

  • Godly themes/influences
  • Christian workers at all levels sensitive to God’s leading
  • Salvation for influential media leaders
  • Courage to share God’s message
  • Financial rewards for wholesome media

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the National Leadership Team volunteers who work with local churches to distribute the shoe boxes and to implement “The Greatest Journey.”

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #47: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?

Children’s Answer: No, Christ died once for all.

Adult’s Answer: No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat and drink judgment on themselves.

Memory Verse

1 Peter 3:18 (HCSB)

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.

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