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;
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 seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling
For everything, there is a season
A time for everything under heaven
Nothing happens randomly or by chance
God has determined each step in a dance
The events of life unfold rapidly
Against the backdrop of eternity
There is more beyond life under the sun
This race of life should not be blindly run
God has allotted time in His wisdom
Seasons have been set; nothing is random
Amidst the chaos, He is in control
He knows all things; He's sealed them in His scroll
When difficult situations are tense
When painful circumstances make no sense
When we're let down by life under the sun
Look to the Cross and follow Christ, the Son
Through Christ, God has made all things beautiful
Because of Christ, this life is meaningful
He's redeemed us from vain futility
From sin and death, He has set us free
Though life's poetry does not perfectly rhyme
God makes all things beautiful in His time
When life's ugly trials and problems arise
Help us, Lord, to see beauty through Your eyes
Points for Reflection:
For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
· Amidst the chaos and mess in our world and in our own lives, do you at times wonder if God is in control? Are you discouraged when things just don’t seem to fall into place and nothing seems to work?
· In His wisdom, He has put all events and phenomena in place. Nothing happens out of His sovereign plan. He makes all things beautiful in His time.
· We may not understand the pain and suffering we witness in our world and in our lives. Many raise their fists in anger against God for the injustices and evil in our world. What strikes me is their refusal to thank God for the goodness, order, and beauty that remain in our world today.
· God created a beautiful and perfect world and he placed humans to rule the world under Him. However, humanity chose to rebel against God and reject His rule over their lives. We want to rule our lives and our world our own way. Looking at the mess around us, I will have to admit that we have done a terrible job at ruling the world.
· Are there areas in your life that you are struggling to submit to God’s loving rulership?
· And yet, God uses evil for good. This can be seen most evidently in the Cross. Evil men condemned Jesus Christ to an excruciating death on the Cross. His disciples and those who followed Him were dismayed and distraught at His death. It looked as if all hope was gone. But God raised Jesus from the dead and their hope was revived and renewed. Because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, sinners who trust in Christ are free from God’s judgment for sin. Our future hope is brighter than the sun. We can look forward to spending an eternity of bliss in heaven with God, our Creator, and our King.
· How have you seen God using the evil and unpleasant circumstances in your life for good? Has He been using trials and suffering to build your character and depend more on Him?