How do you perceive God’s Providence?
How do you perceive God’s Providence?
With everything that is going on in our society today, the pandemic, and the fraud that went on in our elections on November 3, 2020, and January 5, 2021, we need to ask ourselves some questions. Does man's happiness depend upon the will of God or the providence of God? Can anyone alter anything? We must make the best of things as they are, bear with the anomalies’ limiting our desires with the current conditions of this present age. We have looked at the providence of God and how he disposes and arranges the details of our life. What our responsibilities are in response to God’s Providence.
In the passage in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we have 14 pairs of contrast, ranging from external circumstances to the inner affections of man's being. This particular passage is one of the most famous poems in inspired Scripture. In these few simple short lines, the wise man ponders all of life: birth, death, weeping, laughing, mourning, dancing, breaking down, and building up.
Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 (ESV) 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
In this particular passage the wise man has proposed in human affairs the Providence of God arranges the moment when everything shall happen, the duration of its operation, and the time appropriate for the event. This gives us great confidence in God’s providential care, and the love that he has for each of us. He seems to be stating that the circumstances of our lives from its commencement to its conclusion are controlled by God. He also seems to be stating that there is great uncertainty, fluctuation, and imperfection in human affairs. We can see examples of this in our current situation. We need to be asking God for wisdom to do the right thing at the right time, at every opportunity that we have in life. In all of our actions and under all of our circumstances, it depends upon time and seasons which are beyond our control. We have a question that seems to be rhetorical. What profit do we have for the work that we accomplished during our lifetime?
We must pray for God’s help to judge the seasons and the appropriate response. We have one of the most important Scriptures in all of God’s word that states confidently that God has put eternity into man’s heart. Nothing assures us more of this than His provision of a way out of life’s seasons through His Son.
Ecclesiastes 3:11–13 (ESV) 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Micah 6:8 (ESV) 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
In this particular passage of Micah God seems to have a tone of deep irony or maybe frustration as He is speaking to Micah and the Israelites. Even though God has been very specific in what He requires of them, they have been stiff-necked and unwilling to do what God desires.
What season of life are you currently in? How are you helping friends in difficult seasons? How are you celebrating with friends in joyful seasons? How can you bring the good news of Christ to bear in both situations?
You need to answer each of these questions for your life, because your eternal life may depend upon it.