A Time to Search and a Time to Give Up

December 5, 2017 at 6:28 am (Mile Stones, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , )

It struck me as odd as I read chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes that no one really teaches the meaning of the more negative aspects of the “a time to…” section.  I read it and said “Really, God, YOU have appointed times to give up!?” The searching part is more easily found among countless scriptures to seek, search and so on. So what does this mean that there is a time when God appoints one to give up?

I think the temptation is to put a more ‘spiritually positive spin’ on it. Such as; give up sin, bad attitudes, bad habits, control over people places or things and the like. Yet this entire passage does not give merit to such a perspective. 

A time to search, a time to give up… 

It seems to me it indicates giving up a search. Or to cease to seek out. To stop turning over rocks, digging for water, even looking for solutions. I think every moment is appointed for us to give up the more positively spun rhetoric (sin and the like). But here again, this passage seems to be saying – these are specifically appointed times. After all we only die once. We are only born once (well twice if we truly become a follower of Yeshua). We plant once a year, we uproot once a year. All of these are seasonal. In fact some interpretations or versions of the Bible say “For everything there is a season”  – mine does. It also reads…”A right time for every intention under heaven”. Seasons and intentions are progressive and developmental. Our flesh is always, timelessly, being asked to give up sin and so on. While these may have aspects of progression and development they are not seasonal. Or are they? Is there a time/season appointed under heaven to give up searching for righteousness? Searching for doing good – to everyone – friend or foe? 

In so asking of Yeshua to teach me the answer to this question, a series of months went by. You could say three seasons. I was taught not with words but a series of circumstances that never yielded any fruit except when I literally gave up trying harder to seek, search and try harder to be good. It has been the strangest experience in my walk with God so far. 

I will continue my thoughts further. For now, I wonder, what has He taught you about giving up – as it is referred to in Ecclesiastes 3?  I’m not so sure it’s an answer that is sought out in correct context. Therefore the finding of any answer is rather given than found. Which I find is how wisdom is obtained for the most part. It’s something we seek (search for) but only God – whose ways are not ours and thoughts are not like ours – gives wisdom. 

Now more than ever we all need wisdom. It’s given, not earned. He makes Himself found by us as we seek Him. There is nothing in us worthy enough to plot a map out to find Him. We do not endure such a search without Him. We give up too easy. At least that’s been my experience. Even when I thought I didn’t give up, He shows me every time where I do and did, if ever so slightly in measure. Pride is a sneaky thing. 

Yet my greatest comfort in such thoughts is that I know nothing can snatch me from His hands. Nothing can stop Him from teaching me through times/seasons. Not even me. 

✡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ✡

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February 8, 2016 at 11:29 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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It is one of my greatest joys to study the Word of God. Indeed the substance of it is found in the study. It’s powerful, on the surface, but we come to know that power from within when we put our fingers into it – like soil, dig around, smell it and take in the endless wonder it is – when we study. In the Hebrew is where we find the context to all the symbolism in the Bible. When studying the Old Testament, the Hebrew is the primary dig for meaning. This is true for the New, but it has the flair of Greek to run along side it. Yet when reading Revelation one cannot escape the profound importance of the Hebrew, since it is full of the Hebraic symbolism that eliminates so very much misinterpretation. In Hebrew God is communicating to a finite people in the finite world He placed them in. So He uses His language to form solidarity in everything they could see, touch, smell and observe. Everything means something to God. It’s our delightful (hopefully) duty to to find out each nuance of its meaning. There are two words in the above scripture that are full of huge significance in their meaning. Here is the symbolic meaning to those words.

♡♡ I will almond-tree it (shaked), i.e. I will be upon them speedily, in a short time, and suddenly, ere they are aware; or, I will watch, and be ready to accomplish (shoked) this in due time. ♡♡

You see back then there were no climatologist, weather forecasters, almanacs, and the like. People watched closely the landscape and it’s signals for the changing seasons. The almond tree was the first to begin to awaken in the Spring. Spring time is the season where all things reawaken from a cold and seemingly suppressed or dead time. The landscapes in winter look barren and dying. Then spring comes and everything begins to prove that God works especially and powerfully as much below the surface as He does where we can see. There’s alot going on in the sapping down of the trees, the soil. The elements of earth are tended to in the winter. Most of the year we see the tending up on the surface. Winter is faith/trust season. Where God works deeply where none can see, deep down.

The season here for Jeremiah was significantly detailed to him and his call. Yet, it carries over to us in this time as well. Here is where we begin to be watchful for all the Lord has done in the underlying surfaces of our hearts. It comes with the promise given in various ways, God is watchful to fulfill His Word and purposes in the world and in us individually (Is.55:11). He is with us in all seasons (Matt. 28:20), He will accomplish what He has set out to do (Phil. 1:6). Spring is the season of HOPE!

Are we watching? Are we waiting with hopeful antisipation for the Lord and all He is and will do, both in the larger picture and in us? It’s only obvious to say, when God is watchful, we must join Him. He is watchful at all seasons, but Spring is significant to Him for this particular watchfulness (fulfillment). Our God delights to reveal Himself to us. We can only be unified in such delight when we join Him in what He is doing. The world (as in its business, it’s habits) distracts us. The earth joins Him without fail.

I don’t have almond trees where I live, but I watch with full antisipation for the buds and blooms at this time of year. Watching for His promise of new life, and life that is being renewed after a season of cold and seeming dormancy. Winter is the season of waiting, forced inside unlike the rest of the year, to live. God works the earth alone in winter, He doesn’t require our help. The wonders of what He alone can do is powerfully displayed in Spring.

This winter taught huge lessons about waiting for us this year. We wait still. Watching, watching for the fruit of this work to give its blossom. Not yet seen, but soon! Just like His return! Being watchful, and ready is springs call upon us! Answer the call!

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♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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