Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’
Observations: The question that has to be asked is who decides when it is time to do what? According to Solomon it is God who decides, for it is ‘God who lays burdens on men. (v10)’ We don’t get to choose when we are born or when we die (v2), God does. God is in control of the seasons, and our circumstances. God brings good and tragedy that result in laughter and sorrow (v4). While we make choices the circumstances of our lives are all under God’s control. God says, ‘39 There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal… (Dt 30:39)’ God is in control of our fate, just as he is I control of history. He raises kingdoms and he destroys them (Jer 18:7-10). Even Jesus came ‘when the time had fully come. (Gal 4:4)’ The point is that our God is sovereign over all things.
Application: The question that remains is how do we respond to the time in which we are living? If God is in control we are called to trust God’s timing and God’s purposes. We praise God in both the good times and the bad, knowing that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Rom 8:28)’ We are called to endure suffering and hardship, as well as to thank God for every good gift that he gives us. In all things we are to honour God.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, ultimately you have everything in control, both good times and bad. Lord, help me to trust You in the bad, and thank You for the good. Help me to trust that You are working out Your purposes, even when I can’t see what You are doing. Lord, also help me remember that You love me, and care for me, and listen to my prayers, and that You will uphold me no matter what life brings. Lord I thank You for Your great love for me in Jesus Christ, may I honour You in all that I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.