King Solomon concludes the “a time” statements with,
“There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.
There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace.”Ecclesiastes 3:7-8
Our world is broken, and over this challenging year, we have seen the extent of the brokenness. However, in our brokenness, God has revealed Himself to us.
In the Old Testament, the men were off to war frequently, but during the time of King Solomon, he experienced great peace in the land.
He heard the stories his father David shared of war and experienced strife in his family. Solomon saw how families could be torn apart, and how they could come back together after much time had passed.
Today, we see the breakdown of our society, but we also see the rise of the Church to meet the needs of a hurting world.
When the world is shouting hate, we can demonstrate love to our neighbors. We can meet them in their time of need and walk alongside them.
We may not be at war with our neighbors, but we can pray for peace. As Solomon has declared, there is a season for everything.
Our world needs healing, and we can be part of that with one small action. You don’t have to travel the globe to help people, you can call them or pull up a chair and listen.
Today, ask God to show you how you can help someone. Your kindness may alter their eternity.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for reminding us that we need to live with eyes wide open, and see how you are working around us. I ask you to use me today to shape someone’s eternity. Help me to be Jesus to those I encounter today. Amen!