Tag Archives: Ecclesiastes

12 May

In His Time

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He 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.”

This Chapter and verse has always been one of my favorites. I love all seasons and I used to love wintertime the most, when I was a youngster. Everything looked so clean and the air, when I filled my lungs, made me feel refreshed. I enjoyed playing in the snow with all my friends; making snowmen, having snowball fights as we crouched behind our snow forts, and, of course, sledding down the hills.

As I grew older and became an adult, married and had children of my own, I still took some walks in the snow, but the cold was not as pleasant to my body. It was fun watching our children play though and I especially liked it when the bare limbs of trees and shrubbery would be covered with ice. The sun would shine off them like fine glass sculptures; So “Beautiful!”

“And God saw every thing that he had made and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

God creates so much beauty for us. We are all going through a trying time now and at times, even though we are not to, we want to ask “why,” because it is difficult to accept the sickness and many deaths around us. I know my husband and I have been reading the Bible and praying more than we ever have and we have faith and trust that God has a plan for His people. We are not to be afraid or terrified, because we know (Deuteronomy 31:6) “He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

None of us can truly understand or know God’s plan, but we must not give up or give in. Have Faith in HIM, trust HIM to do what is best for HIS people. “Everything” will work out “in HIS time” so enjoy his works and creations even in this time of trouble.

If you open your window and listen closely you will hear the wonderful sounds of the birds, such a happy sound. And the air, especially after a rain, still smells fresh and “beautiful.”

Keep HIS love in your heart and trust HIM to do what is best for all of us…”In HIS time….” Our life on earth is but a short time and it is rather difficult to comprehend eternity, but I trust my Heavenly Father and Jesus and I know HE is the Alpha and Omega. The Holy Spirit is always with me and I am so grateful to be one of HIS children.

04 May

A Dabaq Relationship

The Hebrew word, dabaq, suggests the idea of being permanently glued together or cleaving to each other. It is used of God’s people in covenant relationship with Himself. It is also used to describe Ruth’s refusal to leave Naomi.

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave (dabaq), and swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave (dabaq) unto her. (Ruth 1:14)

Marriage illustrates the concept. A married man and woman, with the Holy Spirit in both of their lives, can realize the full beauty of a dabaq relationship (husband, wife, and the Holy Spirit, the “glue”). On the other hand, a married man and woman, but without the Holy Spirit, may actually function as little more than “married singles.”

A Christian husband and wife should do all they can to avoid anything that would weaken the bond enabled by the Holy Spirit in their relationship. For a Christian young person seeking to be married, the warning of Scripture is not to become unequally yoked together with an unbeliever, thereby limiting or negating the dabaq relationship that is possible in his or her future.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14)

…a threefold cord (in this case: husband, wife, and Holy Spirit) is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12b)

May our relationships with the Lord, with our families, and with those in our church be characterized by our desire to cleave (dabaq) to one another, regardless of the circumstances we may face.

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