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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

True Beauty

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

There are three thoughts contained in this verse that we should look at.

The first is that God “has made everything beautiful in its time.” With so much pain and suffering all around us, sometimes it is hard to fathom this truth. Often a partial revelation of God’s beauty comes to us in this world, but it always has a greater fulfillment in the next world. So don’t try and merely understand God from a human point of view alone. I want to encourage you to look for the beauty which God bestows on us each day, instead of focusing on the pain in this life.

Second, the text says that God has put “eternity into (our) hearts.” God is so vast that He has put this longing for eternity within us, so that we will finally place our focus on Him. Saint Augustine put it best when he said, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”

The third thing is that man with all his university degrees doesn’t have a clue about what God is doing. We “cannot fathom” Him.

In summary, God is saying to you today: don’t try and be in control of everything any longer. He is saying, “Know that the beauty that I have prepared for you is far beyond what you can comprehend or achieve in your own strength. I have put eternity in your heart so that you would realize that My ways are higher than yours, and also that you will find true beauty in the joy of accepting my purposes for your life.”

Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

Pastor Timothy has a weekly Bible study you can join.  Just call 218-936-7979 at 6:00 PM PST on Thursday evenings and enter Code No. 139535.  Currently the study is in the Gospel of John.

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