Last week I shared how life can feel a lot like a jigsaw puzzle with all these pieces that we are trying to figure out where to position. And sometimes it's not just about discerning the where, it can also be about the when - because as Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Now I don't know about you, but I need wisdom to discern my seasons and to know what part of the big 'picture' of my life God is asking me to focus on.
I have a strategy when it comes to jigsaw puzzles - I always start with the edge pieces, because then I have the framework, a reference point for where everything else needs to go. If we want to know where all the 'pieces' of our lives should go, then we need to start by framing our lives with His Word.
Immediately following His baptism, the gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted or tested by the devil. During these forty days of fasting, the devil came to Him with three specific temptations - and to each of them Jesus responded, "The Scriptures say..." Jesus valued the Scriptures. Even in His state of physical hunger (think about it for a moment - He'd just been fasting for 40 days!), He refused to use His power to turn stones into bread, responding:
People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Jesus hungered for and desired to know what God had and was saying. The full counsel of Scripture creates the boundaries for our lives; it is our source of truth and the reference point that our priorities and decisions need to be measured against. Like Jesus, we need to be able to respond, "The Scriptures say..." when life presents us with opportunities, challenges and temptations.
Because Jesus knew and relied on God's Word, it was able to come alive when He needed it to. The verses that He quoted to satan were God's truth, God's counsel and direction for that instance - and as we commit to frame our lives with God's Word, we too will experience the Holy Spirit illuminating and highlighting God's specific Word to us for particular times and seasons.
Can I encourage you, if you find yourself trying to discern where all the different pieces of your life fit, to go first to His Word. Make being in it part of the everyday rhythms of your life and commit to hold the decisions that you are making up against the light of Scripture to see how they measure up. Knowing what the Scriptures say will give you the insight that you need to recognise the various times and seasons of your life.
Live today with purpose,
One of my favourite pass-times as a kid was writing. I used to make my own books and write poetry on our old type-writer. Thankfully both my writing and technology have come a long way!
It is my prayer that these posts from both myself and guest contributors encourage you to embrace the season that you are in and to live it with purpose for God's glory.
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