This week’s Daily Bible Reading focuses on the truth that Jesus came to make all things new. As we wrap up the holiday season, we hope these verses fill you with anticipation of what God will do in and through you in this new year.
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.
1. What opposites do you see in these verses?
2. Are there any words that surprise you?
3. What do these verses tell you about God?
The start of a new year is a good time to reflect back and look ahead. Today’s verses can be helpful to do that. In this passage, the writer emphasizes the fact that God provides seasons in life, and each one is important. Some of the words in this list seem contradictory, particularly when it comes to hate and war. While Jesus said the greatest commandment is love, there’s also a place to hate evil, especially harmful behavior done toward others, and stand up to injustice.
As you reflect on this past year, what words or phrases represent things you walked through in 2022? How did you experience God in the midst of them? What is He calling you to focus on in this new year?
Pray through the words in today’s verses, and ask God to reveal what He’s asking of you. Thank Him for being a God of fresh starts and for providing seasons that can bring new purpose. Commit this year to Him, and share your focus or goal with someone for accountability.
Want to go deeper? Read this article for more on what the phrase “for everything there is a season” means.
*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.