As King Solomon reflected on his lifetime as an overseer of a great kingdom, he considered the ups and downs of life in this world. He noticed a pattern that often emerged from the events in everyday life; a joyous event is often followed by a disappointing event and vice versa. He called those turns of events, seasons, and proclaimed that even in those unwelcomed occasions, God was still at work making everything beautiful in its time.
In our fallen world, we experience chaos, sickness, death, disappointments, and destruction. But God uses these very elements to make Himself known to mankind. Through the stories of Jesus healing the deaf and blind and then restoring life to the four days dead Lazarus, we learned that these events took place so that God would be recognized and glorified for who He truly is. If mankind has all the answers to life’s problems, would his gaze be turned heavenward for miracles? Most likely not. God does allow disappointing events to prepare man’s heart for a closer encounter with Him.
How should the Christian handle these unsettling events? After Jesus’ passion on the cross, He instructed His followers to go to Jerusalem to wait for the impartation of the Holy Spirit. They were to expect the turnaround of events but first, they had to believe that God fully intended to bring about a better season. Right away we take note that they walked to Jerusalem energized by their trust in God. As they waited in the upper room, they exhibited perseverance. Lastly, they demonstrated unity as they prayed in one accord. As promised the Holy Spirit came in great fanfare. We learn from stories of adversity that God makes Himself known if we look for Him to work during those disappointing seasons. He is eager to rescue a fallen world on both personal and global levels.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-12, John 9: 1-3; 11:1-4, Acts 1:4-5, 12-14