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Is God Fake News? Day 4

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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

       a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
      a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
      a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
      a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
      a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
      a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yetno one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Devotional: One of the arguments for the existence of God that Pastor Jeff spoke about on Sunday was the teleological argument.  That is, if there is an order to this creation, then there must be a designer. In fact, one of the most remarkable things about our creation is the sense of order that we see throughout nature, and in all earthly systems. 

In this passage we see a different kind of order, that of purpose.  Through the wisdom of Solomon, God spells out the varying seasons of life and the purpose in them all.  In verse 11 he proclaims, “He has set eternity in the human heart.”  It’s all part of God’s design that we would recognize we are part of something much bigger than ourselves; that we are created for more than this world. 

Reflect:

  • As you reflect on your own life, what seasons have you experienced of which Solomon speaks?
  • What purpose do you see in those seasons as you look back?
  • Give thanks to God for those seasons and for what was cultivated in your life as a result.

Is God Fake News? Day 3

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Scripture: Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Devotional: Ever watch the reality show Survivor?  I must admit I’ve been a fan since its inception nearly 20 years ago.  One of the most fascinating aspects of the game is the hidden immunity idol.  Season after season it’s so captivating to see who will find and use the idol to further their game. 

After many seasons of watching, it’s easy to see that the people who earnestly seek the immunity idol, who are relentless in their pursuit, are the ones that find it every time. Sometimes people become convinced there is no idol that season, but eventually that person who is pursuing it will find it. 

In the same way, this passage encourages us, that when we earnestly seek God, we will find Him.  We need only to have eyes to see, to turn our hearts toward Him, and He will be found.  Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Scripture is consistent- God desires to reveal Himself to those who are seeking Him.  And that starts from a place of faith – a willingness to believe that what you cannot see is possible. Jesus always performed miracles for those who were seeking Him, for those who were willing to believe they could be healed. 

When we stop seeking God, it’s easy to begin to believe that He may not exist.  We are bombarded with messages from the world (and from the god of this age as we saw in Day 1) that would suggest He doesn’t.  Never give up on your pursuit of God.  He is always pursuing you. 

Reflect:

  • How consistently and in what ways would you say that you pursue God?
  • How might you be more diligent in your seeking?
  • Take some time to pray that God will reveal Himself to you in tangible ways.

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