Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

There is a time . . .

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV

[1] For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

[2] a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

[3] a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break 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 cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

[6] a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

[7] a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

[8] a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Reflection . . .

Time doesn’t always seem to be on our side, especially when we are in a hurry or have so much to get done in short order. There is a time for everything though, which includes a time to slow down, and a time to ponder the things of God.

This passage is often cited at the start of the New Year when we are thinking about what the past year has brought and what is ahead for the coming year. There will be times that are difficult and there will be times when we’ll be able to help others through such difficult moments.

The contrasts laid out in these verses are powerful. They speak generally, not necessarily specifically to us as human beings that we are to experience all of them in any kind of order or quantity. They speak of the ups and downs, positives and negatives, and natural cycle of life, and they speak reality for us.

What are we hoping for in this New Year?

As we think on this question, let’s focus our attention on Jesus, the One who our lives ought to be all about! As we go through the seasons and experiences of life, Jesus helps us through them all. He will guide and direct us, comfort and keep us through it all — if we let Him!

Ask the Lord Jesus to guide your hoping, your waiting, and every experience for this New Year!