Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yetno one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Devotional: One of the arguments for the existence of God that Pastor Jeff spoke about on Sunday was the teleological argument. That is, if there is an order to this creation, then there must be a designer. In fact, one of the most remarkable things about our creation is the sense of order that we see throughout nature, and in all earthly systems.
In this passage we see a different kind of order, that of purpose. Through the wisdom of Solomon, God spells out the varying seasons of life and the purpose in them all. In verse 11 he proclaims, “He has set eternity in the human heart.” It’s all part of God’s design that we would recognize we are part of something much bigger than ourselves; that we are created for more than this world.
- As you reflect on your own life, what seasons have you experienced of which Solomon speaks?
- What purpose do you see in those seasons as you look back?
- Give thanks to God for those seasons and for what was cultivated in your life as a result.