March 31, 2021

The Splendor of Seasons

By Bobby Schuller It’s natural to love the warm and fruitful periods of life; those times when things seem to be orderly, productive, and peaceful. But how do we find comfort when the winds of change blow the last clinging leaf of familiarity from the branch of our existence and we feel cut off? To these questions, Jesus invites us to learn from the flowers of the field (Luke 12:27). Though they neither toil nor spin, they teach us that each season has a reason, and that hope will spring forth if we endure the process unto completion. Here are a handful of things we learn by studying the evolution of spring’s blooms:  > Power is in the planting. Nothing grows unless it’s planted. Bulbs or seeds must be present in order for fruit or flowers to spring forth. Likewise, God has placed within each of us the seed of

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Silence vs. Negative Speech

“The angel said to him, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.’” – Luke 1:19,20 To wrap up our discussion about Zechariah, I want to conclude by saying that when God shuts our mouths, there’s always a good reason. Though we’re not likely to be visited by an angel and have our tongues physically tied, if we remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit, there may be times when the Lord tells us to stay silent. When this happens, it’s usually because He wants to work something out in us, and to speak too hastily might do more harm than good.

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