March 09, 2020 5 min read

He is Smoothing the Path

Where are you at today? I don’t mean the freeway or your kitchen or a doctor’s office. I mean, is your life stable? Are you on the right road? Our topic this week is the perfect timing of God. You might be in an okay place, or you might be free falling. As usual, God’s Word speaks to this.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Wow. That is a description of how your Creator is managing your life. You see it as a disaster. He sees you as beautiful. He is smoothing the path in front of you.

Can I give you some advice? If today is rainy and gloomy for you, quiet your mind for a few minutes. Meditate on our verse for today. If you can’t really see where your life is going, you’re not alone. All of us see through a glass darkly, as the apostle Paul said.

But God sees everything, and He sees it clearly. He knows where you are going and just as important, He knows where you are now. God’s got this.

Rest in that today.

Let’s pray. Lord, we are deeply grateful that you are in charge and that you love us. We love you, too. Amen.

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The Loneliness Epidemic

In an age of technology booms and information-sharing, it’s amazing how lonely we have become. Everything and everyone is connected, but does all that online connection ever leave you feeling disconnected in real life? Do you feel alone?

If you do, you are listening at the right time this week as we are reminded that God’s timing is always perfect.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Did you catch that? Here God is talking about and to the individual. He is talking to you. And guess what? He has made you beautiful, a truly unique creation. God has also placed you at the right place in history, right where you are.

God made you in his image. His Son, Jesus, went to the cross for you. If you still feel alone after all that, go back and read our verse for today. Read it again and again.

Our God loves you so very much. His Word says so directly, again and again. Let that be the backdrop for your day today. Can I get an amen? Let’s pray.

Lord, thank you for loving each of us infinitely. Thank you for saving us. Amen.

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Unbelievers, Atheists, and Agnostics #OhMy

Since the beginning of time, millions of people have denied the existence of God. They are called different names: unbelievers, atheists, maybe agnostic. Many of them have quite a bit to say about it, and have even become famous doing so.

God also has something to say about it. A fascinating verse in the Bible speaks directly to this question of the existence of God, and it also speaks to our discussion this week.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Notice the second sentence. We are actually told that God has “set eternity” in each human heart. What does that mean?

Well, King Solomon was telling us that each of us has that ‘God-shaped hole’ in us that you’ve probably heard about it. That is a metaphor for that sometimes-odd, uncomfortable feeling we get, and it does seem to come from the heart. We’re sailing along and then all of a sudden we stop and feel odd. An empty feeling. Or maybe a longing.

That is eternity calling to us from somewhere up ahead. It is proof that God is real, and has caused each of us to want to know Him, if we’re honest.

Do you ever feel like that? Like, maybe today?

Let’s pray. Lord, we know you are there. It’s obvious. Help us share the Good News with others who have the same feelings. Amen.

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There Are No Coincidences

History tells us that God exists. Really, it does. And even if you aren’t interested in history, you might be interested in a few quick examples.

At the battle of Gettysburg, when the United States was about to be ripped apart by civil war, General Lee’s attack plans were lost by an officer and found by Union soldiers. This helped turn the tide of the battle, and led to victory and reconciliation of the country later.

For centuries, disease threatened all of Europe. The Black Death wiped out millions. In 1838, a lazy student named Louis Pasteur ran away to Paris, but he became homesick and decided to finish school after all. Later, his breakthroughs in discovery were pasteurization and vaccination, both of which have saved many millions of lives since.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Do we really believe in coincidences in history? Do we really believe Someone all-powerful isn’t watching over us to protect us?

Ecclesiastes tells us that God knows all, and even knows the end from the beginning. You might deny it, but in your heart you know He lives. And because He does, so do you.

Let’s pray. Lord, your provision for us is amazing! We acknowledge you and love you. Amen.

The Man Who Had Everything

Solomon was king after his famous father, David, in ancient Israel. He also became insanely wealthy. According to the world’s standard, he had everything.

Everything except peace later in life. In this way he was like a modern person, because truthfully, people’s natures never really change over time. It’s one of the things we have talked about this week.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Solomon came to some conclusions later in life, after he became bored with bad relationships, money, and fame. It was only then that he figured some things out.

The book of Ecclesiastes contains this wisdom that King Solomon found in his later years, and he tells us clearly that God is infinitely smarter than we are, and knows what is best for each of us.

So if you’ve been trying to figure things out for yourself—and failing miserably—listen to the ways Solomon describes God. You’ll find that the One that made you knows just what is best for you all your life.

Doesn’t that take some pressure off?

Let’s pray. Lord, please take our burdens and fix the problems we have created for ourselves. We love you for that. Amen.

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