Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

A time for . . .

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT

Pretty flower from a Thistle weed.

[1] For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

[2] A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.

[3] A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.

[4] A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

[5] A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

[6] A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.

[7] A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

[8] A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

Reflection . . .

There is a time for everything! That’s not to say that everything is helpful, beneficial or good. With so much turmoil around the war we are currently hearing about in Ukraine, we need to remember that while it is certainly horrific and tragic, war is not a new thing. Perhaps there are new ways and methods that we might be concerned about and of course the most unfortunate casualties, but God allows these things so that people might come to Him to find peace and healing.

You may think you can condemn such people [those who reject God], but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Romans 2:1-4 NLT

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