A Time for Everything
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
“That every change concerning us, with the time and season of it, is unalterably fixed and determined by a supreme power; and we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us
Some observe that here is a time to be born and a time to die, but no time to live; that is so short that it is not worth mentioning; as soon as we are born we begin to die. But, as there is a time to be born and a time to die, so there will be a time to rise again, a set time when those that lie in the grave shall be remembered,” - Matthew Henry
Acts 17:26 says 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Do you remember times tests?
You had your no. 2 pencil sharpened and you were ready. Then the teacher would say Pick up your pencils the time starts now. And the finality of the moment took place when you heard, “Time….put your pencils down.”
If you were like me, I would get the test done, but sometimes barely. I would drift in and out of reality. I would day dream, It was almost as if I didn’t care about the deadline at all.
But when we read Acts 17:26 we see that God may as well have said when you were born, pick up your pencils your time starts now!
It has been said that the moment we are born we begin to die. As depressing as that sounds, it is true. We are only given so much time on this Earth. At some point God will say “Time….put your pencils down”!
Knowing we only have so much time on the Earth and that time will vary from person to person should make us want to do the best and most we can with what time we have. And while nobody wants to die, we have to realize that at the end of our life is the beginning of our eternity.
I guess what I am trying to say is the Birth is NOT the beginning of the end but death is actually the end of the beginning. Earth will be a memory and Heaven will be the reality.
But we know we will give an account to God II Corinthians 5:10 says 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
So I say, especially to me, and then to you read and prayerfully the words of Ephesians 5:16 “Making the best use of the time for the days are evil”