Ecclesiastes Chapter Three:  A Time for This and a Time for That

So what Solomon lays out for us this time, is that there is a time and place for everything. In verse 1-8, he sums up everything that could possibly happen in life, anything you can think of could fit into one of these verses. So how does this fit into the idea of our life in regards to Christ? 

So when we think about timing and God, does our timing line up with God’s timing? Do we focus on Him and strive to do what He wants us to do and do it when He wants us to? “A time to plant and a time to harvest,” that is the verse that stands out most to me. 

A time to plant:  a time to work, a time to put in effort, a time to be exhausted, a time to prove myself, a time to sow.

A time to harvest:  a time to cross the finish line, a time to relax, a time to reap. 

In life everything you do is considered sowing. When I am at work, I am sowing, if I decide to call in to work, I am sowing, on my days off, I am sowing. Are you going to like the end result of what you have sown? Galatians 6:7-8 says, don’t be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life form the Spirit. We will give an account to God for our life here on earth, how’s that going to go?

Our life here on earth has nothing on what Eternity will look like, but verse 11 gives us the hope to look forward to; yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted Eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. God has given everyone the hint of eternity in their hearts, but I believe so many people miss that due to the world and they just suffocate it to where it isn’t even noticeable anymore. 

Verse 12 and 22, can speak to so many people, including myself, it talks about being happy and enjoying life. Be happy in what you do and live life to its fullest. Now…before people just start trying to justify things in this life, lets revert back to verse 14, and I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear Him. Should we enjoy life and what we do, absolutely, but it needs to fit within the guidelines of God and who He is, we are called to obey Him and fear Him. 


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