By Guest Editorial Rod Smith
Pastor, River of Life Church, Goldendale 

The Seasons of Life: Following the Master Builder

 


Life is lived out from the cradle to the grave in the various “seasons.” When I think of the word season, I often think of how King Solomon, the ancient King of Israel penned this concept in the book of Ecclesiastes:

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to plant and a time to pluck up what has been planted.”

How we embrace and adjust to these changes is important to our mental and physical wellbeing.

After the flood in the time of Noah when dry land appeared again, the Lord said to Noah… “While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

God then went on to make a covenant with Noah.

The short version in Genesis 9: “Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” He then made a promise: “I set my rainbow in the cloud over the earth and when I see it I will remember my covenant [promise] between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh: The waters shall never become a flood to destroy all flesh; He then said I will put my rainbow in the sky as a reminder of my promise to you.”

Musicians will use a tuning fork in order to keep their instruments tuned up. Surveyors use bench marks, builders use architectural drawings. NASA cannot launch the space shuttle until certain math equations are precisely worked out as to planet locations. There are certain definite “constants” we live by that society has come to depend on.

To the builder: a plumb line and level, tape measure, and string line. Without these basic tools and constants, we are not able to build anything we can pass off to somebody.

How we live our lives, what we teach our children, and the ideas we entertain about how we are to be as a society are determined by whether or not we are going to embrace or ignore the “Master Builder’s” handbook or draw up our own plan.

In essence when we do so, we are saying, I don’t need a tape measure, level or square, or even a set of architectural drawings. There is a new way of doing things. It has not had a chance to prove itself; I’ll stand in line to be the crash dummy and take my chances. What I have been hearing for the past 45 years is, “There are no absolutes!” My response back is, “Are you absolutely sure?” There are certainly absolutes in a great many ways that we do life.

A lighthouse for ships is one example.

Sometimes in the middle of a storm to avoid crashing on the rocks a ship will drop anchor.

A pilot in fog and darkness will depend on his/her instruments

To the people of faith in our community, the Bible we carry to church has many commandments, not just suggestions.

Our Nation’s founders were familiar with the “Book” as can be discovered if one wants to search out our beginnings. Our forefathers and mothers built their lives around the values of biblical instruction.

What will be said of our generation?

The baton has been passed on to us. How will we run our race?

The Apostle Paul said it like this: those who run a race have to run by the rules. “I am going to run my race according to the rules lest I become disqualified.”

This month we will celebrate Father’s Day, and I would challenge fathers to take on the responsibility of leading your family in biblical instruction.

I was in front of a store a few years back asking a father who was carrying his child if he would be interested in coming to church to learn more about God. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Not interested.” I then asked him what he was going to tell the little fellow when he may ask about God when he got older. He stopped and came over and took my leaflet and thanked me.

Here is a challenge today for fathers: shock your family and take them to church. You will send them to school to learn to read, write, and learn math skills. The God who created us is referred to as Father on several occasions by His son Jesus. He knows what we have need of. In a world that is constantly changing the basic rules for living, the Master Builder gave us a really sure, tried and tested manual for living. He is a nail in a sure place. He is referred to as the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” The basic message from Genesis to Revelation is: How to receive the promise of eternal life in the next world and live a life with certain constants in this one.

 

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