By Pastor Bruce Talso
Wyanett Evangelical Free Church
On the morning of September 11, 2001 as people were trying to get to work in New York City:
• The head of a large corporation in one of the trade Towers was delayed because his son started kindergarten.
• Another man was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts for the office.
• One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
• One man was late because of being stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike.
• One person missed his bus.
• One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change clothes.
• One person’s car wouldn’t start.
• One went back into the house to answer the telephone
• One had a child that was pokey in getting ready for school.
• One couldn’t get a taxi.
• One who put on a new pair of shoes that morning developed a blister on his foot. He had stopped at a local drugstore to buy a band-aid.
These individuals were saved from certain death that morning twelve years go because of some interruption in their regular schedule. Only after the tragic collapse of the towers did they realize how significant their interruption was. So next time your morning might seem to go wrong, the children are slow in getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every red light, you turn back to answer the telephone, don’t get frustrated; the providence of God might be keeping you from a worse fate! Ephesians 5:20 tells us that we are to “Give thanks always for all things.” Sometimes we find it difficult to give thanks for “all things.” Is it possible to give thanks to God for the mosquito? What the writer of this verse is trying to get across to his readers is this; we should live with “an attitude of gratitude.” I am sure that those people mentioned above were thankful for a simple delay in getting to work that day. It saved their lives! Acts 17:28 reminds us that “In Him we live and move and have our being.” The Greek translation reads; “For in Him we derive our life and have motion.” Our lives are literally in His hands!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 tells us that “There is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.” In these verses the writer describes those times. I am sure that you remember the often quoted phrase from this passage of scripture; “A time to be born and a time to die, etc.” The writer goes on to say, “God has made everything beautiful in His time. (v11) The Greek word for beautiful is HORAIOS which has the picture of “something that is produced at the right time.” This describes the time when life is at its best. And since God has made life beautiful in His time, I can conclude that the life that is guided by Godly principles produces the best that life can offer. These principles include love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith and self control. In Galatians 5:22-23 they are described as the “Fruit of the Spirit.” The word “fruit” is used metaphorically to describe the visible expression of a power working inwardly. Yes, it is possible for these Godly principles to be reproduced in one’s life by the Holy Spirit; thereby making that life “beautiful.”
A moral code
It is alarming to see what society is becoming as it continually removes Godly principles from its framework. I have asked this question for a number of years now; “The Ten Commandments is a moral code for every generation. When we remove the moral code that has guided our country since its inception, what moral code do we replace it with? Your moral code? My moral code?” One wonders if anyone is teaching a moral code these days! Hopefully, our churches and parents are endeavoring to teach our children a moral code based upon the Word of God. I recall a verse of scripture in Judges 21:25 that reads; “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what he thought was right in his own eyes.” This was a time when there was no moral leadership in Israel, as the king, representing government, would be the person to set a moral leadership for the nation. Too often we have seen less than moral behavior among our politicians which is an embarrassment to our country. I charge our elected officials to uphold a moral character as they represent us in government!
Yes, God has made everything beautiful in His time. If we will take the time to read his Word, we will not only see God’s plan of salvation, but we will also discover His plan and provision for our lives; lives that can touch others with the very character of God Himself.