I bit back I was doing my Bible Study in Ecclesiastes and I came to this…
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
The God-Given Task
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
I read this passage and was really captivated. I couldn’t really put a finger on it. The positive, then the negative. Then verse 9 basically saying… SO WHAT’S TO GAIN FROM YOUR PAIN???
That’s a great question. That’s when you continue reading. He has made everything beautiful in its time. God’s time is endless, but ours is limited. We have no idea what the future plans in our life are. So in this moment in time, why not enjoy God’s work? Even in the worst of circumstances, find God’s hand.
God works through difficult situations, even if we don’t see the point at the time. He can reveal good in the worst situations. What right do we have to be angry or mad at God? We have none… as everything is beautiful in his timing. I feel like someone who is living this out today is 17-year-old Lorelei Decker. If you don’t know her, you should. Such a beautiful young lady who has handled the news of cancer with grace and resilience. If not for her faith and great attitude, it could leave you questioning the goodness of a God.
Another verse from Ecclesiastes sums this up well:
Ecclesiastes 7: 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.