Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven — 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.” NASU
Without going through this list item by item and commenting I would ask that you focus on the simple reality that God has a time for everything. I heard an argument for a person who was Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion attempting to use this passage to support their view and somehow make it biblical. They argued that if the pregnancy was unwanted that could indicate them being in the condition of “at the time to uproot”. When they heard the pushback that abortion could be considered murder and was assuredly killing of the unborn. They argued that this was simply God’s allowable time to kill, pluck up, and tear down. I found that position to be absolutely astounding.
This passage brings many challenges to the heart of a believer, but making it a license to take the life of the unborn and innocent is astounding. None of us determine the time of our birth and none of us should determine the time of our death. There are associations in life that require us to cultivate and there are times when we must uproot those alliances and go a different direction. There are times when weeping and mourning are appropriate and there may be a time when laughter is the proper answer to times of difficulty or ease. There can be a time to go to war and a time to make peace. There is a time to reach out and befriend and there is a time to separate ourselves from evil associations. In short, God has His timing for things that we often do not understand and may not see His purposes or plan but we must TRUST.
If I truly believe that God has a time for everything and truly believe that He is taking every event of my life and blending it together for my good and His ultimate purpose, I can TRUST and REST in Him. I can deal with times when my heart is broken, I have been let down by someone near and dear or I am under severe attack. I can raise my sword and go to war and I can lay it down and extend the olive branch of peace because I TRUST Him and am confident in His timing. Our problem is that too often we attempt to force our timing into the situation rather than following His. In life, we may find ourselves in situations where we are weeping when we should be laughing, embracing when we should be shunning, planting when we should be plowing or speaking when we should be silent. It is imperative that we always remember His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. Our secret to success is learning to HEAR His voice that voice of the Spirit of God confirmed by His Word and TRUST.
God, bless you as you embark on today’s leg of life’s journey!