“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:” (Eccl 3:1 NKJV)
There is so much to unpack in this verse of scripture. When you grasp the meaning of it you see the temporal playing out within the eternal. You see the design and intentionality within creation. You see the necessity to be in harmony with the rhythm playing out in the spiraling universe. You are cautioned not to take the present for granted because some things present now will never return again for its season is now. The moments in which we live requires the intentionality of respecting the present with our full awareness. In order to experience abundant life, we must learn the discipline of being still.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)
In Psalm 46, we see a picture of all the things we see in the news today, from wars and social upheavals to the threat of natural disasters, yet in the midst we are admonished to hold our peace in stillness and know that GOD is working His purposes and intents unto the fulfillment of His grand plan. The summation of all things is the acknowledgement of Him as the Alpha and Omega of all things created.
We have to follow the lead of our Shepherd and Savior, YESHUA HAMASHIACH. Look at this verse of scripture from the book of Mark.
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39 NKJV)
We have to command peace in our minds by taking control of the turbulent thoughts and suggestions causing unrest. We do this by applying the overlay of the revealed promises and assurances of GOD to still our thoughts.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
The verse above from 2 Corinthians speaks to the intentionality needed to usher in the peace required to be still and present in the moments in which we live. Christ has sent the Spirit of Truth to us, also known as the Comforter, to facilitate us abiding in His peace.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 KJV)
The gift of Christ is abundant life, but we must understand that speaks to rich “nows” filled with the awareness of His loving presence in season unto the true fulfillment of His purposes in us and through us.