Text: Ezekiel 16-20; Ecclesiastes 3
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with these familiar words…
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
The text then continues with a series of such contrasts – a list of all the events and conditions of life all set in their particular time. Life ebbs and flows, is good then bad, sweet then sour. One might easily conclude, “so what’s the use?” But, what follows is marvelous:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart (3:11)
In the ups and downs, victories and defeats, our great God is at work. He is making everything beautiful. And all the events He has set in the meter of passing seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years are in the end set aside for something much better. God has a perfect and glorious eternity in store. What’s more, He has placed a longing for the eternal right within our hearts. He has give us the vision, the yearning, the hunger for something bigger, better, eternal and transcendent. And when we seek this greater thing, we find Him waiting for us with open arms.
in Him, Mike