A DOSE OF FAITH
Richard G. Mendoza, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and values-oriented insights.
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Life must go on, “que cera cera, whatever will be, will be”. In-spite of all circumstances, as another song goes, “another year over, a new one just begun.” By January, cold air begins to vanish; by February, love is in the air; by March, the heat starts warming the air; and so changes in weather goes on and on, month after month, while daily temperature rises from dusk and lowers from dawn. The Bible declares, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
Solomon says, “To everything there is a season…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) God created time and the rhythms that govern life on Earth (plants, animals and human beings). Those rhythms are the same for all creatures, but not everyone lives them the same way. There are changes that affect people differently. Those changes shape our lives.
According to Genesis 1, God created the Earth and He transformed it from disorder to perfection. He methodically separated day from night, divided the waters, made dry land appear, made plants germinate and created the lights in the firmament that would establish the rhythms of Earth (days, months, years). In an orderly way, He filled the Earth with living beings, and put order in their lives (to grow and to multiply. Although sin introduced disorder into our world, the rhythms God established in the beginning still govern our existence.
As Solomon said, there’s “a time to be born, and a time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 3:2) There are some rhythms or cycles between those two moments of our lives: in between, transitions set the change between life’s stages: that of childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. Those rhythms are the same for everyone, but not everyone lives them the same way. We are all different and we’re living in different stages. However, everyone is valuable and has something to give. Death and suffering happen at any period of a man’s life, but the purpose of why they happen is beyond human understanding, at least until God’s plan is revealed.
We all have our own rhythms and routines. Sometimes, unexpected changes may disrupt them. However, everyone is subject to possible radical changes that may change the circumstances of our lives – for the better or for the worse. Even holy men in the Bible, Abel died suddenly, Joseph was sold as a slave by his own brothers. Job’s case is an extreme one (he lost his possessions, his laborers, his children, his health, and the support of his wife and friends).
Remember, God’s will is different from what he allows to happen; oftentimes the hardship that he allowed is bearable. Job and other sufferers cannot see the light of God’s countenance through the clouds of trial: but the wind will soon clear them off, and God shall appear again: let them but wait patiently, for He still shines, though for a time they see Him not (see on Job 37:23). Job’s proven loyalty vindicated God. He blessed Job with more than what he was enjoying before.
As Christians, our lives are constantly affected by the way other people interact with us. We also affect others as we interact with them. Those interactions can bring changes, either for the better or the worse. We must try to always be a good influence on others. (Romans 12:18) Our positive interactions can be a strong influence. They may affect the life of others in such a way that they may accept Christ thanks to His work through us. Our relationships must be always governed by love and kindness. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Everything happens for a reason, we may not understand it right away, but “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) The sin and sufferings in this world happens naturally, but his plan is to prosper and not harm us. In God’s great scheme of things, everything will be brought back to the original state of perfection.
Let us cling to God and trust Him, so we’ll be able to face these unexpected changes and to get the best out of the new circumstances. A blessed and prosperous Year 2020 to everyone!