Ecclesiastes :3:1: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
In everyday life, it is important to note that every activity under the heavens has its own specific time. This is a wisdom that one needs to reflect upon as we are about crossing into a new year.
When things are going well for us we seems to enjoy it and take it to be natural and wouldn’t want a change from it, but when it goes the wrong way, we feel unhappy and some will even go as far as blaming God; the biblical Ecclesiastes is teaching us that: “everything in the world is only temporary. Nothing will last forever. Everything is limited by time.”
When the bible says everything will pass away, it scares us and we really don’t want everything to pass away but everything will definitely pass away except God who created everything.
When people do not think about God, they subconsciously cling to the world. But as soon as they lose something – job, family happiness or a beloved person – their world collapses and they feel there is no reason to live anymore. Yet, when we anchor our lives in God we can easily admit that everything has its own temporary time and we will still have a solid foundation under our feet.
Each event in this world has its date and term, its opportunity which is limited. There is a time to sow, to grow, to harvest and to give thanks. – The date is not meant as anything fateful here rather the opposite: If there is a time for everything under the heavens, then everything – even the most important things are here just for a while. And everything, even the worst, will end one day. Nothing, except God, lasts forever.
That is why we should enjoy all the good things that happen in our lives and give thanks to God for it.
As we experience and enjoy good things so also the unpleasant things might surface; how we now manage to survive it will depend on our relationship with God. Job’s case is an example of managing an unpleasant situation; Job:2:10: But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
The teacher of Ecclesiastes teaches us that we must go through everything mentioned in the poem. We cannot pick only good things from life. We must eat our bread with the crust as well. Birth and death, joy and crying, building and tearing down, health and sickness, silence and talking, fighting and reconciliation are all very important parts of our life.
Brethren, because God is the one who have the last word over everything happening to us; hence our faith in God can help us see God’s guidance and help behind all these changes in times and circumstances.
These few days to end 2017, you need to hang on to God, who will then see you through another year in whatever circumstances that may come your way.