Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beautiful In God's Time!

He has made every thing beautiful in its time. (Ecc. 3:11) 

Among Christians a favorite verse of Scripture is Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose

The key part of the verse is "work together." That verse does not say "all things are good"---just as Solomon's comment does not say "everything is beautiful." It says, "All things are good as they work together for His purpose." This says, "He makes everything beautiful in its time." And I've got news for those who struggle with God's timing. You may not live to see God's time completely fulfilled. You may live to a ripe old age, carry out your reason for existence, and die before the full program of God has reached its ultimate and completed purpose. But His promise stands---He will make everything beautiful in its time. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

When something or someone is considered beautiful, it is because that thing or person is full of beauty. Beauty surrounds us in some many different forms, shapes, and sizes. The stereotypical beauty is found on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine or on a brochure of Ford Modeling Agency. As much as we can appreciate that kind of beauty, that kind of beauty is superficial at best. 

The most interesting kind of beauty is our inward beauty. Inward beauty can best be cultivated over an extended period of time. Our inward beauty is not continually exposed such as our external beauty. Our inward beauty is totally dependent on the kind of experiences we have throughout our lives. Our inward beauty is also dependent on the unseen. Is our inward beauty going to be rooted in Christ? Or is our inward beauty going to be forsaken and left to the vices of the enemy? The choice is obviously up to us. My hope and prayer for all of you is that we will be beautiful for Jesus in God's time. 

My dear friends, in the same way the bride prepares herself to be beautiful for the groom. The Bride of Jesus Christ must also be beautiful in God's time in preparation for her Groom. Don't wait until the Groom shows up and then try to look beautiful. No. Now is the time to look beautiful my friends! Be encouraged and know without a shadow of doubt that you will be beautiful in God's time and not in anyone else's. Amen. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).