Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 3
In 1965, a band called “The Byrds” (no relation to Robbie Byrd, our former kids ministry director) set this chapter of scripture to song and topped the charts with it:
But what is this passage really trying to tell us? Here’s the gist: life throws a lot of things at us, and regardless of how permanent a season seems, it is bound to change. How true is that with our Kentucky weather already in 2018? We’ve had Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring, & Summer… and it’s only May 4th. Things change.
As the chapter goes on, The Preacher — author of Ecclesiastes — makes it abundantly clear that God is sovereign. When everything else changes, He doesn’t. He is the constant.
God is able to see us through any season. He is with us in every facet of life. So when you weep, He is with you, and He’ll also be there when you’re shouting for joy. When you need to tear away from something or someone, He’s there, and He’ll be there when it’s time to sew it back together or enter into something new.
For our discussion in the comments section today, I’d love to have us each share how we’ve seen God’s presence from one season to the next. For me, I can clearly see how God was with us when Annaliese was diagnosed with her cancer and we were struck with sadness and questions, and I can see Him clearly with us today, where we have good reports and are joyful with hope for her future.
What about you? Pick any of the first 8 verses of Ecclesiastes 3 and tell us how you’ve seen Him work in your life.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor
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v5. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
There’s no mention of a time for rolling stones. I thought I’d continue the theme since Todd started us off with a reference to a 1965 pop song by The Byrds. In the same year a young man named Mick Jagger and his band had their first #1 hit song in America called “Satisfaction”. The theme throughout Ecclesiastes is that Solomon determines every pursuit of man under the sun is “chasing after the wind”. The only thing that can satisfy man’s thirsty soul is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Centuries later we still find men seeking satisfaction in worldly things. We are blessed to be part of God’s plan of sharing the Gospel with men in every season of life. Thanks for the commentary today Todd!