To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11)
According to Solomon, ‘there is a time and season for everything.’ This means that there is a God-ordained time for both pleasant things such as laughter and peace, as well as unpleasant things such as mourning and weeping. Solomon also tells us that these two contrasting groups of events are not enemies, but rather co-laborers which are working together in order to make ‘everything beautiful in its time.’ As the backward and forward motion of the pendulum is necessary to enable a clock to run with longevity and accuracy, so also is God’s will for our lives. We need both sunshine and rain.
Perhaps you are currently experiencing a swing of the pendulum towards sorrow. Don’t fret; the pendulum will not burst through the side of the clock and keep going in this direction forever. God has set its limit on its time and when it has finished its course, it will begin making its way back towards the other side.
Or perhaps you are currently experiencing a time of celebration. Don’t hang on to your euphoria too tightly. It too has a season and at God’s appointed moment, the circumstances of your life may change, and you will find yourself headed towards the other side.
As I think over this passage my mind goes to what Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” As you have heard me say many times, this passage does not tell us that everything is good. It tells us that God is able to take everything, both the good and the bad, and make them work together for what is good. As Solomon said, God is able to make everything beautiful in its time.
God bless you, Brethren.
* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.
Good morning Terry. I really enjoyed your seeds today. How true it is that one time we feel blessed and cared for and another time we feel sad and alone. It is God‘s way of letting us know he is in control. The blessing is he never leaves nor forsakes. I pray you have a wonderful day. With love and prayers always Norman and Della Newfer