GET TOGETHER – HE DOES WHAT WE CAN’T
Ec 3:11 ¶ “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
Last week I wrote about how God redeems our regrets. I may have shared how that I have often regretted not being a Christian in High School. I shared some ways that God had redeemed some of that time. Today I got to experience that even more.
A dear brother from Jasper had arranged for me and a couple of my friends from here in Hamilton to meet with him and some of my old Dora High School teammates and friends for breakfast. What a joyous occasion it was.
We shared stories of old high school football games and basketball games. Several of them we had come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Now you probably could not have convinced us at that time that God could make that beautiful in His time when we were paying the price on Monday for a rough night the previous Friday. But as the Word of God says He makes all things beautiful in His time.
For all of us as I said last week there are things that we would like to have had another crack at or done over. When we read these words, we realize that God may not make everything beautiful exactly when we want Him to, but we can be assured that He will do it. Sometimes and a lot of the time He does do it here on earth as we follow Christ. On the other hand, in a fallen world sometimes it takes place in Heaven when we go to be with the Lord.
One of the great blessings today was being able to tell those old friends that I loved them. Another great blessing was knowing that they really loved and cared about me. As a person that was once very insecure in relationships that was one way that God through Jesus Christ does in our lives what he said that He would do in Lu 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Jesus can and desires to do that in the lives of all that surrender their lives to Him.
When we yield our lives to Him, He truly does make all things beautiful. Again, He doesn’t always do it when we want Him to, but we can be assured that He is at work in us and that He will do it.
Today was truly one of those wonderful days. On the other hand, it was not perfect. We prayed for one of my old teammates who is batting cancer. We could have probably talked until late in the afternoon, but all of us had somewhere, or somebody that we had to get back to.
One of my favorite Hymns is “There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood .” One of my favorite lines in that song is “redeeming love has been my theme and will be til I die.” Isn’t it awesome that by and only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ can vile sinners be saved and God redeem the time in our lives? Isn’t it awesome that He not only has a glorious present for us? Jesus said it like this in Joh 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. He makes things beautiful now. He also has a glorious future for us. He truly makes things beautiful forever and ever in Joh 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” And how does this sound for making everything beautiful in His time? Re 22:3-5 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Trust Him and He will make all things beautiful in His time.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank You that You make things beautiful in this life. Thank you for those moments that we see how You have redeemed time in our lives. We thank you for old friends being able to meet new friends. We thank You for making some ugly times in our lives beautiful. We also thank You for the time that is coming. When we will meet more new friends. Where we will once again see some old friends. We thank You that as the scripture says in Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose, and in Eph 1:11” In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” So today Lord I am asking you to make all things beautiful in Your time in the lives of all who are reading this.
In Jesus Name
Love you all
PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.