A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its 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." Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, NLT.
Historical Context Behind the Text
Everything in its SeasonWe're all somewhat familiar with what we learned in kindergarten (even if some were homeschooled) in that everything has its place. This lesson never tires beyond home. It's just expounded upon. Everything in life has its season. There is peace before war and there is peace after war. Sometimes, in order to have or truly appreciate peace, there is war.
"For who can prove that the human spirit goes up and the spirit of animals goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. This is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die." Ecclesiastes 3:21-22.
Take Up Your CrossAll four Gospel books illustrate building a solid foundation. I'm going to use Luke's account.
"So why do you keep calling me 'Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say? I will show you what it's like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the flooding waters rise and break against the house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the flood waters sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruin." Luke 6:46-49, NLT.Going forward today, live life as if you weren't going to be given a second chance. Ask yourself: who am I to God? Am I a friend, or an enemy? If you are a friend, examine your faith. Where does it stand? And if you are an enemy of God, know that only through Christ can there be given life. There is only one life to live. Tomorrow is never promised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyoVJfADlwo See more devotionals here:
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