Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14
Think about the promise of Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” This signifies that there will be unavoidable things in your life that appear to be ugly, unwanted, and uncomfortable. No doubt, there are issues that immediately spring to mind – there’s nothing good about them as far as you can see.
Perhaps that’s because there are just too many overwhelming unknowns about your situation that blind you to the good God is doing. Or maybe you’re simply so bogged down and disheartened by your load that you can’t imagine it ever getting any better. Don’t be surprised that there are supposed to be seasons like that in your life.
Why does God burden us with such times? The second part of Ecclesiastes 3:11 teaches, “He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Verse 14 adds, “Whatever God does, it shall be forever.”
Though you may never know everything God is doing in your life, you can always count on the fact that God is preparing your heart for eternity. Second Corinthians 4:17 says, “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Your seasons of trials – however long and heavy they may seem – are brief and light compared to the great things God is doing in you.
As you’ve been promised in Ecclesiastes 3:11, this difficult situation will eventually be beautiful in your sight. Is that hard for you to envision? It’s okay – because God’s wonderful plans for you are by definition beyond imagination. So until you see God’s lovely workmanship taking shape in your circumstances, just hold on to His promise. Eventually, this season will be over, and you’ll find that it was all worth it.
—> a thought coming from Dr. Charles Stanley