My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes, Revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
November/December 2013 Issue – ‘Love Came to Bring us Home’
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (NIV): ‘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; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live – this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure for ever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.’
Selwyn writes the following, in today’s study: “Following on from what we said yesterday about there being unrest in the heart of everyone descended from Adam and Eve. …
God put into the hearts of Adam and Eve a longing for Himself, and though their sin damaged their personalities, and that damage was passed on to the whole human race, the longings are still there – deep and ineradicable.
I wonder, are any of you reading these lines hungering and thirsting for something you cannot identify? Could it be that you have never opened your heart to God and His Son Jesus Christ?
If you have not already done this, do so now I beg you. Pray this prayer and turn your life over to Him: ‘Heavenly Father, I see that You, and You alone, can truly satisfy my soul. I ask forgiveness for every sin I have ever committed. Cleanse me and make me a Christian. Save me now. In Jesus’ name. Amen.‘ ”
There are many verses in Scripture, which echo the truth that we are hungry and thirsty for a relationship with Jesus. The first verse of Psalm 63, is a great example: ‘You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.’
Likewise, these verses (Jeremiah 29:12-14), are also good: ‘Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord … ‘
In regard to Selwyn’s prayer – perhaps you are hesitating because you are not sure of God’s response – there words for Isaiah 55: 6-7, may help: ‘ Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. (And, none of us are righteous – not even one.). Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.’
I agree with Selwyn when he says that there are times, ‘when we sense that there are longings within us for something inexplicable’. A hunger and thirst for meaning – a relentless, stalking question, of ‘what’s it all about?’ The answer is found in leaving our self-centred desires behind and reaching out to the wounded hand of Jesus, allowing ourselves to be saved by His love.
To Follow Jesus, Shayne McCusker, 2013