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Clear Words – A time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-4

Today’s Reflection: Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is one of the most popular Bible passages in history.  It’s even been the source material for “Turn! Turn! Turn!” a popular folk song from the 1960’s.  But this popularity doesn’t imply understanding.

Some suggests the dichotomies it proclaims (birth and death, love and hate, etc.) are an endorsement of all kinds of behaviour.  Others believe it means that what appear to be opposites are all part of the same force.  The singers and songwriters behind “Turn!  Turn!  Turn!” saw it as a plea for universal peace.

What scripture suggests is that in each life there are seasons of beginnings and endings and seasons of joys and sorrows.  That without judgment as to whether each of these experiences are good or evil, there is a time for all of these things in every life.

This means that regardless of who you are, whether you follow God or not, you will experience seasons of blessings and seasons of trial in your life.  You may wonder, “why follow God if I will experience negative circumstances along with everyone else?”  Well, one reason would be the negative circumstances of those who serve God are not like everyone else’s.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

This means that the trials, challenges and sorrows of those who follow God are being used by Him to ultimately bring about blessings.  When you are in God even the bad in your life is bringing about good.

For this reason we should enjoy the good God allows us to experience, be prepared for the bad, and be ready to share both with our church family.

Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

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