Growing up, I've been told:
“Alisha, don't get ahead of God – He has you where HE wants you.”
“There is a season for everything!”
“Focus on today – the here and now. Let tomorrow take care of itself.”
(There were probably other wonderful words of wisdom, but the ones mentioned are what I remember)
Of course I was given wonderful advice – I mean c'mon! Parents are great at giving advice (can I hear an amen!?). However, as a young adult (searching out my own faith), how can I truly know any of the advice is true? I can't/shouldn't use the stock answer “my parents said so” or “well I've been raised in a devout Christian home, so what my parents believe … I believe” I need to search out the why behind the advice. I need to know if the advice given to me is truly biblical.
I almost “regret” (not the right word to use folks, but hang with me) the following verses. They almost seem to be a biblical stock answer in the aspect of “what verses should I use?”. However, they really do go along with what I've been searching out!
<< Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11, 17 >>
It is said that the writer of Ecclesiastes promoted a “seize the day” philosophy. Which, if you read all of chapter 3, you can most definitely see. But noticing the philosophy, it made me ask:
Is this philosophy scriptural?
I really pondered over this question + asked God to really reveal to me what He wants me to learn. I came to the following conclusion.
I'd say the writer's philosophy is indeed scriptural! If we aren't supposed to worry about tomorrow (see Matthew 6:25), and everything has it's season – then we should most definitely seize the day.
If we don't “seize the day”, we are most likely exhibiting anxiety, or showing a lack of trust in God.
After I came to this conclusion, I asked myself yet another question:
What does it mean to seize the day?
It means for rich and poor alike to heed the call, and focus on the most important issue of life – seeking God's kingdom with it's righteousness and justice.
Thinking that God had revealed to me everything He wanted – He whispered in my ear :
Whenever you feel yourself wishing for a different season of life, or worrying about what the future may hold, remember that I'm in control. Take every thought captive + seize the day.