Ecclesiastes 3:8 (NLT)

8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

These are words from King Solomon as he reflects on what man gets for all of his hard work. It seems man is always in conflict; he tries to seek out love and finds hate. After the torments of war and unrelenting devastation eventually there is peace.

There is a war taking place and rockets are falling on the town of Nazareth, the town where Jesus lived. Israel is striking back with warplanes loaded with bombs. Those accused of being the enemy deny the claim of destroying a mosque where prayer is held. A Christian community was struck believing there was a missile launcher present in the area. Ironically a UN peacekeeper’s main headquarters was struck by an Israeli artillery shell after a rocket was launched nearby. As Solomon said, “there is a time for war and a time for peace”. God has a purpose for all things. Solomon goes on to say, “And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose in this is that people should fear him.” Somewhere God is delivering someone from the tragedy of war and they have come to “fear” Him. Today someone has come to know the value of Christ’s grace and mercy. Somewhere someone is seeking out God because all other hope is lost. Ephesians 3:10 says, “God's purpose was to show his wisdom in all its rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. They will see this when Jews and Gentiles are joined together in his church. This was his plan from all eternity, and it has now been carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.” God has a purpose for all of us; do you know His purpose for your life? Pray and ask God today what your purpose might be. Ask how you can serve Jesus as your Lord and Savior.