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Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven…
Did you know you were appointed and anointed specifically and intentionally just for this season? It was on purpose, for a purpose and with purpose that God saw fit to give you this task. It was not by accident or coincidence that you find yourself in this place and at this time. This is your assignment!
When you have been appointed, that means someone (Christ) has decided beforehand that you were the right person for the job. You were designated to fulfill the purpose. And if Christ decided beforehand that you were the candidate for the job, rest assured that He went ahead and removed any obstacles, put the necessary people in place to assist you, and provided you with all the tools and provisions needed to accomplish the goal! Those that are appointed have already been equipped and furnished with all they need and given gifts and talents they have yet to discover.
A new Supreme Court Justice is appointed by the President and goes through a vetting process conducted by the Senate before being confirmed and officially taking a seat on the Supreme Court. But isn’t it good news to know that once God appoints you, you have already been found acceptable and more than capable of fulfilling the duties of your assignment!
Not only have you been appointed, but you have also been anointed. That simply means you have been marked, nominated, conferred, given the seal of approval, because when God appointed you, He most definitely anointed you! “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22. God set you apart, specially and wonderfully made for just this reason. Everything God does is on purpose, there is not one wasted act, and what He does is with a purpose in mind – to grow His people so that they may in turn reach someone else.
As the scripture reads, God “guaranteed what is to come,” so He knew ahead of time exactly where you would be at this moment in life. Knowing the end before the beginning, He appointed you anyway, called you by name, and consecrated you, anointing you to be blessed and be a blessing to others. So the next time you are wondering, “why me,” just remember that this is your designated time and you have been chosen to see it through, but the path has already been searched and cleared and you have been given every resource needed to succeed!
Again our country, our community, has been struck with a senseless act of violence. The people in the Boston area have been shaken and their sense of security has been forever marred and tarnished.
What started out as Patriot’s day, a holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, quickly turned into another national tragedy. The casualties may not have been on the same level as 9/11 or the massacre in Newtown, CT., but the brashness and lack of empathy for human life by the perpetrators is no different and that impact is equally destructive. The Boston Marathon, which was supposed to be the culmination of the holiday’s festivities, turned into a media and law enforcement frenzy as everyone became glued to their televisions, computer, and phones waiting for updates and praying collectively for the nightmare to be over.
The fear caused by this heinous act is trickling throughout the country like a rock skipping across a pond causing a ripple effect. Every sporting event following the marathon has quadrupled security and taken extra measures to give the participants a safe environment. But what is more astonishing, the participants are still coming out! No one has shied away, in fact, they’ve come out stronger, in droves, exhibiting the sense of pride and resiliency this country in known for. What you meant for evil…
Let it be said again, we won’t coward in fear or run and hide! We will overcome and rise again. Yes, it’s disheartening and devastating, but it will not be debilitating! Like 9/11, Newtown, Virginia Tech, and so many others, we will rally together, support those that have been struck with grief and loss, and build anew and greater. These acts of violence will not deter or diminish our spirit of patriotism nor discourage our goals to be a better country. If anything, it creates a stronger bond, connects us on a deeper level, and fortifies the American collective of one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!