Today’s Sermon was on the meaning of keeping Sabbath as setapart for the Lord. To enjoy and bask in God’s wonderful world dwelling in His praises giving thanks to God. God created the heavens and the earth for 6 days and rested on the seventh. Then He exclaimed that His works were Good. Genesis 1-2. Our Pastor likened it to an artist after creating his masterpiece, stepping back to admire and enjoy the work he had done.
We too are to work for the week but set aside the one day to rest from our labours, not to merely rest physically (e.g. to sleep the whole day) but rather to do something entirely different from the normal work routine. Especially that of coming together to worship God as a church and just spending time be it Soaking in the sun at the beach/park and give praises unto God for His wonderful creation.
He ended with Ecclesiastes 3.
Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
This passage struck a chord deeply especially after receiving news of 3 funerals, attended 1 wedding and another wedding to come within this New Year.
He exhorted us to take heart that no matter what stage of life we are in, we need to remember that it SHALL PASS. It will NOT be forever.
In other words, for those who are enjoying great happiness, health and wealth, these too shall pass. We should not expect to be always in the highs of life. The opposite is true. If one is experiencing grief, illness and poverty, it shall also pass. It won’t last forever. However, that doesn’t mean that we should worry and dread the day when the first would disappear as that would be foolish taking away the joy of that season. Neither would there be a need for those in the latter to grief without hope as sadness will not be forever.
The wise would indeed make the most of every opportunity and treasure the moment (be it happiness or sadness). When we are thriving, we thank God and Be Happy and not take things for granted. When we have lost a loved one, we grief and be sad. However, when the time comes to dance once again, we dance!
I am reminded to savour these moments once again with my family, friends and neighbours who cross my paths.
I had my portion of grief having lost 3 dear ones during my youth. The Lord, in His time healed me and now I am enjoying the stage I am in.
I will continue to rejoice and look to the Shepherd of my soul.
May you too savour this new year.
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Have a blessed day!