July 24

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

No one can change the future, no matter how hard they might try.  How could someone who doesn’t know what’s coming change something that hasn’t happened yet?  God wants us to use what he has given us without telling him when or how he should provide it.  All of that is in God’s hands.  We shouldn’t think everything is in our hands to use in whatever way we wish.  After all, God must provide everything first.

“There is a time for everything” means that everything happens when God wants it to occur.  If people try to plan and do everything themselves without acknowledging that God is in control, they will experience nothing but failure.  Many people work hard at getting rich but don’t succeed.  Others acquire wealth without trying at all. That’s because God provided the right time for some of them but not for the others.

So people on earth strive for what they want to have.  But all their striving only leads to frustration.  They don’t accomplish anything because they don’t wait for the right time.  Knowing this, we should leave everything up to God, use what we presently have, and avoid yearning for things we want in the future.  If we don’t follow this advice, our lives will be full of trouble and disappointment.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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