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Time, Time, Time

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun" (Ecc. 3:1).

Many of us remember that Pete Seeger (still alive and performing at 91) wrote the words to a song usually called, Turn, Turn, Turn. It's biggest success however was it's recording and release by a group called the Byrds in 1965. Except for the last line, it is entirely from Ecclesiastes three. As we read the first 15 verses of the chapter, we may see a comparison between the views of pessimistic person and a believer. Solomon was still in experimental mode. He was still sifting through the plethora of options that he thought would bring him happiness and fulfillment. For sure, he had the wealth and wisdom to try literally anything that he wanted to, and if success was possible based on his riches and experience, he was using the best method. He pursued with impartiality and honesty and found the answer. Pretty soon his self-centered, unexamined life turned south on him. His next step was to turn Godward, and see more clearly. As he wrote this chapter, we see an emphasis on time. God has it all and we just have a little bit. "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him" (V 14).

Solomon realized, as should we, that time would pass and that by it's passing the eventualities of our lives would be exposed. To the pessimistic unbeliever, futility would be his fate. It was and is that only the world-view of the believer would lead to satisfaction in the doing of God's will. "To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind" (2:26). It is a wise decision on our part to have a desire to please God. We enjoy the best in this world and the next. Maybe the wisest use that we can make as we read the book of Ecclesiastes, is to learn the lessons that Solomon learned without having to experience the pains that he did. More on this tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day... Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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