Bible Society of South Africa

Nothing is ever permanent – 13 February 2023

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Bible text(s)

A Time for Everything

1Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.

2He sets the time for birth and the time for death,

the time for planting and the time for pulling up,

3the time for killing and the time for healing,

the time for tearing down and the time for building.

4He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy,

the time for mourning and the time for dancing,

5the time for making love and the time for not making love,

the time for kissing and the time for not kissing.

6He sets the time for finding and the time for losing,

the time for saving and the time for throwing away,

7the time for tearing and the time for mending,

the time for silence and the time for talk.

8He sets the time for love and the time for hate,

the time for war and the time for peace.

9What do we gain from all our work? 10I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. 11He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

The 23-year-old blonde Ashley Oosthuizen recently sent a touching letter to her loved ones from her prison cell in Thailand. She was sentenced to 33 years behind bars after being arrested at a restaurant in Thailand in 2020. She signed for a package (which contained drugs). It was addressed to a friend of the owner of the restaurant. To this day, Ashley denies knowing what was in the package.

In her letter, Ashley confessed that at times she finds herself at an abyss and wonders how she will get through this difficult season of her life. What helps her in these moments is to look into herself and to God, knowing that, “Nothing is ever permanent”.

Ashley is right. No good season lasts forever. Likewise, no challenging season lasts forever. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 we read: “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 weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance … He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (NIV)

The secret to staying positive in good and challenging seasons, is to check our hearts constantly to ensure negative seeds do not take root to diminish our faith, and to look to God, knowing that he is able to turn any challenging situation into something beautiful. May we remember this week: Nothing is ever permanent. God bless.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for being in control of my life. Please help me to remember in each season that nothing is ever permanent. Protect my heart and help me to keep my eyes on you. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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