ECC 3:1- 9
‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?’
One of the things I love about this scripture is that it clearly defines that in life there is a time for everything to happen, just because it may not have happened for you yet doesn’t mean it is not going to happen. Because it will, just at The Most High’s set time because He has predestined what will happen, He knows your capabilities and when you will be ready to receive what He has for you but not before.
He will not make things happen if you aren’t equipped and immature spiritually, He would rather you grow more and are ready to receive it so you don’t misuse what He blesses you with.
It’s not that there is anything wrong with you and you shouldn’t allow anyone put you down to make you think there is. You see in the midst of the test there are disguised blessings and it is always worth the wait, so let them doubt you and pressure you, but when God decides to elevate you their mouths will be silenced.
God created us all to be unique, filled with special gifts, different and set apart from others. With that said you will also realise and agree that we all have different set times, different purposes and ways to do things. I can make it today by the grace of God whilst others made it last year, last week, yesterday.. No two set timings are the same, but we can all learn from the ways of life and how God works to trust in His timing alone.
But don’t ever think that you are not doing enough, so long as you have faith in Him and pray and do your part and you will excel. Die to self and let God alone take control, like a compass directing you on where to go you will never miss your way.
We all have deadlines in life whether it is work deadlines; objectives to meet you name it. One of the sensitive areas is marriage where people will place a deadline upon your life and say by such age you should be married, they are mere humans placing their limits on you and you are not confined to the deadline of man. But you are to follow God’s timing because He will not lead you astray, make you worry or doubt yourself.
The marriage didn’t go ahead, don’t worry God saw something you didn’t see… Your plan crumbled and you didn’t understand why, don’t worry Gods plan concerning your life is far greater. Keep the faith and keep on pressing on.
‘….a time to break down, and a time to build up..’
You can’t be strong all the time; there are times where you will feel discouraged, upset and feel pain as a result of experiences and people doing you wrong. As human beings we aren’t to ignore that these trying times will happen but it is how you cope with those times that matter. You can be strong for others, but doesn’t mean you are strong within for yourself, it doesn’t mean you are happy within; it doesn’t mean you are coping. That is okay and it is also okay to ask for help, pray and read God’s word to encourage you and keep you going no matter what.
But that is not to say you will be defeated by those upsetting times, it just means that you will develop and grow in your storms to be stronger and wiser. Giving up is never an option and delay is not denial, once you can remind yourself of this daily and The Most High’s promises to us, you will feel a sense of lightness and a burden lifted off your shoulders. We aren’t to live life as if we are in control but to live life with The Most High in control and helping us through.
I really love how Solomon expressed himself when writing Ecclesiastes, He makes it evident here that God does have a plan for each and every one of us, even when you were lost in the world He still had a plan for us and that plan will happen. He speaks about the cycle of life, where in each stage of our lives there will be problems which may make you doubt God, because you cant make sense of it, but that shouldn’t create any barriers to put up against God. Or to go against trusting Him, rather use these opportunities to realise that even in your pain God is still moving and will create opportunities for those who trust and hold onto Him, come what may. Without God, there are no solutions.
As it states there is a time for everything and all that we face is no mistake, they all take place at certain times for a reason and to fulfil a purpose in that season, never to punish as.
11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
God has put eternity in our hearts
GOD BLESS YOU ALL