Transitions (Part 2…A Time to Wait)

Scripture References;

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1  KJV

What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.   Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 HCSB

9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 KJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17 KJV

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10  NIV

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” Psalm 23:2 KJV

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:5  KJV

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,  as something done for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24  HCSB

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  Matthew 7:1-2 KJV

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

LORD, You have searched me and known me.   You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.  You observe my travels and my rest;  You are aware of all my ways.   Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, LORD.  You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.  Psalm 139:1-6 HCSB

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.  See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.  Psalm 139:23-24 HCSB


Well, I listed an awful lot of scripture for this entry, but I believe they truly are worthy of our attention.  Like I said in “Transitions (Part One), I am having to learn to wait on many things.  Below are some thoughts I have about what I am learning from the Bible today, as I wait on some things… After all, “learning” and “doing” are two things that can take place while “waiting”.

There are so many beautiful truths concerning what man does and what God does. I am thinking about several facts.

I am thinking about the fact that it says in the Bible that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1Samuel 16:7). This is not just about how we see others, but how we see ourselves. We can look at the outward appearance of ourselves ( our lives), and feel either conceited or condemned (Both are bad things.).

I am also thinking about the fact that we cannot know all that is in our hearts, much less what is in the hearts of others. The Lord will reveal some of the heart’s contents to us here during this life we are living on the earth, but not all at once. The Lord alone is acquainted with “all” our ways (Jeremiah 17:9-10, Psalm 139:1-6, & 23-24).  That is why we are to ask “the Lord” to search our hearts.  Does this mean that I am saying that the verses below are not true?

” Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? ( Matthew 7 :15-16)”

No, that is not what I am saying.  The passage is true, but it is often misunderstood and misapplied. It can take awhile before fruit shows up. If we are patient and seek the Lord He will help us to make sound judgments. Yes, the Bible does teach us that we will have to make judgments, but it is filled with warnings that tell us to not be quick to judge, and that much of the time we should be more careful “NOT” to judge (Matthew 7:1-2).

I am also thinking about the fact that scripture teaches us to be still and know that He is God, and to wait patiently upon the Lord, but that does not mean we are to go sit on the front porch gazing at the sky until we either die or are raptured (LOL Please do not take that as being irreverent or flippant.). He has given us work to do and rests to take and the important thing is that we do them as unto the Lord, as if He is the one for whom we are working, and He also is the one who commands us to rest. Psalm 23:2 say’s “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

I am also thinking about the fact that much of what we do that we think has eternal value (will be considered when the Lord gives out rewards to Christians at the judgment seat of Christ) will burn up, and it will be the good works that we did that we never even realized we were doing that will most likely be of the most eternal value and will not be burned up.

Finally I am thinking…No, I am not just thinking, but pausing to marvel at how amazing it is, how it gladdens my heart, that God has an unchanging nature and that all He does will last forever (this applies to James 1:17 and to Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)….and what does God do?  A lot.  One thing He does is the work of Salvation (He saves us.)!  He prepared a place for us in Heaven!  He loves us!  He puts us in his care!…He does so many things.

Just the little bit I shared above only scratches the surface, when it comes to all we can learn from that passage in Ecclesiastes.

I hope I didn’t get too carried away. He promises to show us all so much in His word; all he requires is a seeking heart.  He will show you things that he did not show me, because he knows just what each one of us needs on any given day.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!


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5 Comments

  1. March 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    All of my posts with “Transitions” in the title share a little about me and my family. I thought I would re-blog them, so my readers would have the opportunity to get to know me a little better and follow along on the journey I have been on since February of 2010.

  2. Debbie said,

    March 24, 2014 at 4:27 am

    What a perfect thing to do as we wait . . .learn and discovery more about Jesus! I love reading the scriptures you share with us and then your thoughts. And how He will show each of us something different as we seek Him because He knows what we each need.
    Thank you so much for posting this today! You bless me!
    Love and prayers,
    Deb

  3. March 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I love reading the scriptures you share, too Deb. You bless me so much!

    Love,
    Theresa

  4. theywhoseek said,

    March 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Teresa, thank you for sharing . . . I love, love all these scriptures and Colossians 3:23-24 is the one that I am claiming for myself right now. I have a few not so fun things going on but I am doing them as “enthusiastically” as I can knowing that I am doing them for the Lord.

    Hi Deb, sure do miss your blog when are you coming back?

    Looking forward to reading more!

    ~ Blessings in Jesus ~

    • March 25, 2014 at 5:14 am

      Deborah Ann,

      I am so glad! I like those two verses, as well.

      It surely is hard to be enthusiastic about certain things. I am praying for you, and you can pray for me.

      Blessings,
      Theresa


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