Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 3
Why can I not read this passage without envisioning CPC member, Mike Pepper, dancing to and singing The Byrds’ version of Ecclesiastes 3?
“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season –turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose
—The Byrds—“Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Sorry, Mike. I’m not sure why you come to mind when I read this. Anyway…
The other thought that comes to mind when I read this chapter is the solid truth that God is absolutely in control…of EVERY event under heaven (vs. 1). God is sovereign over the good and the bad. Nothing happens that is not allowed by Him to work towards His glory.
Look through that list of things that there is “a time for” in verses 2-8. There’s a time for good things, and a time for bad things. Amidst the good and the bad, God “has made everything appropriate in its time” (vs. 11). And “everything that God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and nothing to take away from it” (vs. 14).
I can relate to the author. There are a lot of things that happen on this earth that are difficult to grasp, and it sometimes seems like life doesn’t make a lot of sense. Still yet, God is in control. He has an appointed time for everything that happens. Nothing has caught Him off guard.
I know His sovereignty is maybe old news to many of us, but, man, it’s good to be reminded of His sovereignty when tough things AND encouraging things happen. Whatever is has happened, is happening, or will happen is all under the authority and appointment of a God who knows EXACTLY what He is doing!
Posted by: Rich Duffield