Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV

When I read Ecclesiastes, I get a "mid-life crisis/ I've been around and know what's up" vibe. It is definitely worth a read. King Solomon, known for the wisdom supernaturally given to him by God, is the author. (Read that story in 1 Kings 3:3-15.) I like how he just tells it like it is. Like this verse for instance. God us gifts, skills, and tasks that we are good at and/or enjoy. They're ours for a reason and He made us each with the ability to uniquely express them. There may be thousands of mechanics, but only you can do it like you do. A very large percentage of women are mothers, but only you are the mother to your child. Remember to do all for the Glory of God. My dad is an electrician. You know how many electricians there are in the U.S. alone? You may think, "how can wiring things glorify God?" Well, he provides a service to people so they can have power in their buildings and does it well. When they see that he is diligent and detail-oriented, it blesses them. It also gives him the opportunity to meet tons of different people at each new job. I have lost count of the amount of burley construction workers he has shared Christ with. It seems like every time I talk to him, he tells me he had another opportunity to pray with a coworker. An electrician isn't a "spiritual trade," but because my dad is who he is, it is now. 👊 Use what you have, because when this life is over, so is your chance.

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2 Kings 18:4 He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan.

2 Kings 18:4

At one point when Moses and the Israelites were in the wilderness, they began to complain against him and God. They whined that God had brought them out of slavery and into the wilderness to die. This may not seem whiney, but legit.. until you think about how He provided food miraculously from heaven every morning, their apparel didn't wear out, and He was leading them to a better land that He promised to them. In response, God put poisoness snakes in their midst. The people wised up really quick and asked Moses to ask God to take the snakes away. God had Moses make a snake out of bronze. Any time someone got bit, if they looked at the snake, they were healed. Crazy story, but yes it really happened. You can ready it in Numbers 21:4-9.

Fast forward to King Hezekiah's day and they were now worshipping the snake as a god. They missed the whole point. The healing was not in the snake, it was in the obedience to God. He said build a snake and look at it and you'll be healed. Nothing more, nothing less. We need to be careful that we trust in God and not in a movement, person, or act as our provision. We walk in obedience, and He moves on our behalf. It's also important to not expect Him to work the same way every time. The snake had served its purpose, yet they kept coming back to it years later, not realizing that God was moving forward without them. Part of the reason I believe they missed the point was their disconnect with God. They never spoke to Him directly, but always asked Moses to do it for them. If you're not in communication with someone, how will you know what their plan is? If they had cultivated a relationship with God for themselves, they would have seen the power lies within Him, and not what He uses to accomplish His will.

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A bit of background for this story before we dive into today's Time Out Tuesday. Elisha was a prophet of God in the old testament. The woman referenced in the story always invited Elisha to stay in her home when he was in her town. He asked the Lord to bless her with a son as a gift to her; she was baren so she did not have any kids. The boy ends up dying and then Elisha comes and raises the boy back to life. 2 Kings 4:8-37

Alright, now you're all caught up.

A few years later, a famine hits the land and Elisha tells her to go live somewhere else for 7 years, and come back when the famine is over. Do you believe in coincidence? Let me know in the comments if you still do after reading this story. Its just so happens that the king and Elisha's servant just happen to be talking about how awesome Elisha is and how he has restored the dead to life. *Enter woman with resurrected child from stage right.* Gehazi, Elisha's servant, exclaims, "Hey! That's the lady with the kid Elijah brought back to life!!" (New International Caitlin Version.) The king is so in awe with Elisha's reputation, that favor overflows onto the woman he helped. She receives back everything she had before she left ... and then some.

2 Kings 8:4-6

What kind of reputation do we have? Are we known as believers? People who bless and serve others? Miracle workers? People of God's kingdom? I'm humbled by this story. I can have a positive impact on someone's life several years from now, just because of who I am today. How exciting is that?? It sounds very daunting.. how do we achieve such an awesome feat? The answer is simple. Seek God and obey Him. He lays out in His Word how we are to treat others. The next few Time Out Tuesdays will highlight scripture that instructs us in godly character. I encourage you to read both of these stories today. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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