Solomon says in verse 1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”. What follows is a list of things for which there is a time. Near the end of the passage, Solomon states that God has put man’s heart on eternity, which means that we cannot be satisfied by merely temporal things. He also states that “He hath made everything beautiful in His time…” Let’s pick apart what these mean and how it can relate to us today, especially given the current situation.
“To every thing there is a season.” For anything that you have done, there was a time for it, just as there will be a time for whatever else you do. The practical piece here, is that you must know what time is for what, and that is not always easy. Maybe you are looking to outside world and have no idea what you are going to do in this upside down stay-at-home order, and maybe you had to leave your job, and are not sure why this is all happening. According to God’s Word, to every thing there is a season, and you just need to find what this season is for you.
“…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.” “The world” is eternity, which means God has set in us a desire to find more than the temporal things of life. One of the best ways to take your mind off the chaos, is to remember that whatever state you are put in, you are to serve God with it, earning treasure for eternity. Maybe there is something concerning your church or family that you have had to put off, but you can now open it up again because you cannot go anywhere else? A project or plans for an event, or maybe even messaging someone after letting that relationship grow cold? Perhaps now is the perfect time to remember that we are to earn, and have a desire to earn things that will last beyond time, including this temporary crises we are facing.
“He hath made everything beautiful in His time…” We do not know why this pandemic is happening, or what we are going to do about afterwards. However, we know that God has a plan and a purpose for what is going on. My family and I have been praying for a revival, which starts with Christians coming closer to God and having a desire to know Him, then spilling out to the lost. What better time for a revival than when our fellow countrymen are realizing (along with some of us) that we cannot answer every need with our own wallets?
Whatever comes, we know God has a purpose. Maybe others do not come to Christ, and maybe even many Christians flake out because they thought being a Christian was all health and wealth. But what about the Christians who stay faithful? They grow stronger, and they beam brighter than they did before, and the church is grown stronger. Who knows? With God, all things are possible, and none of us truly knows what blessings even in the midst of a trial God has for us.
Solomon finishes the passage by stating “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” This means that whatever is happening has already happened. Whatever we are going through right now, it is nothing that has not happened before, even a crisis like this, and much worse. God was with His servants in the past, which we can read for ourselves. ‘God requireth” meaning God has an account of, and even Solomon did not have the completed Word of God. God will be with us, just as He always has been with those who put their faith and trust in Him.
Stay safe and healthy!