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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. Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 NLT

The use of the word “time” by the writer of Ecclesiastes refers to a specific moment rather than a period of time. It denotes a predetermined purpose on which all things depend. Each human life has a span, and within its duration there are significant events. Every individual may see them as random happenings or fate but the Bible teaches that God has a chosen purpose for everything (see Romans 8:28). Each one of us could master many things, but we do not control over time. Each moment is God appointed. We do not have control over life and death. We are involved in the creation of new life through the process of conception and birth. We can stretch out the expanse of time through better health care, but we cannot stop its advance. We are active in sowing and reaping, but we are not in control of the process of nature that determines the seasons and duration in which we must operate. It is worth noting that killing and healing, breaking down and building-up, often go hand in hand as part of the same process. When the Lord Jesus Christ challenged the crowd to place their trust in Him, He told them about His impending death on the cross. He will be killed so He could give life. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives” (John 12:24).The Christian life is full of such metaphors. For example, the apostle Paul tells us to put to death the misdeeds of the body (see Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5), in order to put on the new life we have in Christ (Colossians 3:10). We are to count ourselves as being dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:11) Jesus even depicted His own death in the same way: ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’ (John 2:19–22). Everything has a time. It is important that we look at life based on the meaning and purpose that God has set for us. This is why we look up to Him as we seek out His will for our lives. “And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).


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