Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Isn’t it neat how the Lord lays it all out for us here? He tells us there’s a time for every thing. EVERY thing. He doesn’t leave anything out. There IS a time for everything. We all are born, and we all eventually die. When we plant, we must at some point uproot what we plant. At times, we must kill, and then heal. There is a time to build, AND at some point, what you build will get torn down. At times, we all need a good cry, followed by a good laugh to balance us out. There IS a time to mourn, but shouldn’t we dance and remain full of joy because of all that the Lord has done for us? Yall see where I’m going with this? To me, these select verses are so neat. He understands every detail we might go through, and he tells us there is a time for every thing that we go through. If it’s good, we have to remember that He says that there is a time that it may not be so good. If it’s a bad time, He says that there is a time that it WILL be better! So encouraging to me, that He would care so much.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
Isn’t it awesome that NOTHING can be added nor taken away from the will of God? HE knows every thing that is happening in the present, that has happened in the past, and that will happen in the future. We can’t fathom how everything started, or how it will all end. No one knows WHEN it will end. Not even Jesus knows.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the
Son, but only the Father.
Isn’t that hard to wrap your mind around? The only one that knows when it’ll end is the Lord. Doesn’t that make us even more curious? He wants us to understand that we will NEVER understand everything He does or why He does it. He has a reason for everything, and that is where our faith comes in to play. We have to have faith that He knows best, and He has a plan, and that he has it all played out. His plan is perfect. We should want to praise Him even more because He cares enough for us to be apart of that perfect, perfect plan. We can’t begin to fathom it, but we have to have that faith that it WILL happen, and that eternity DOES in fact exist with Him, if we accept the Lord and surrender our lives and selves to Him.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3 is so powerful to me, and full of truth. (as the whole Bible is, but this is one of my favorite chapters so far that I’ve read and that I have kept on going back to over time.)
It’s SO important that we understand all of the truth that the Lord wants us to take out of reading all of these passages. I encourage you all to take a read for yourself! And see if you get anything else out of it for yourself.
I pray that you each take it and apply it to your own lives. Live a life that brings praise to the Lord, and that glorifies His name. This passage encourages me to do so, because I want to live a life that shows I am confident in my faith, and that I know who my God is, and what He is capable to do.
(He can do ALL things, nothing is unheard of when you hear of His plan.)
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Throw your trust into Him. He has a plan, and He has a time for everything in your life. Praise Him in the good and the bad times. It’s SO important.
Over and out,