November 28, 2021
The Weary Round of Life
3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant,
And a time to pluck 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; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw 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 of war, And a time of peace.
9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
15 That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.
16 Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment,
Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness,
Iniquity was there. 17 I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” 19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. 21 Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth? 22 So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
The chapter that I just read speaks volumes about the life that we lead, the life that we have led and the life that we have before us.
It speaks to the very heart of our questions about why things happen in life the way they do, both the good things and the bad things, the good times and the bad times.
Often we judge another person’s life against our own and we say either I am so much better off than them or they are much better off than me and we either rejoice or we sulk depending on our situation. But one thing that we all have in common is that no one’s life is perfect, no one’s life is without moments of joy or sadness, no one’s life is without times of gain or times of loss. Every person who was ever born or will ever be born will experience to some degree all the other things that there are in life no matter what station of the social ladder they find themselves on, because from the moment of the fall of man until the end of the age of man this is and will be the way of life.
The world in which we live is not the world that God had made for us; it is however the world that mankind has made for itself and even in that, just like this scripture says Gods work can be seen, if we only take the time to look.
In this scripture we see that everything in this world, mankind, beast, insect, the tree in the forest and even the flower of the field, all have a time to be born and a time to die. We as physical parts of this world, will someday cease to exist in this world but life does not end there.
If we are to look at verse 21 of this scripture it says Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?
In this world we may all suffer the same fate at one time or another; we may in this physical body, suffer the same end as the beast of the earth or the flower of the field but unlike them we are special to God we have been made in His image for His purpose and our souls are eternal.
Unlike EVERYTHING else that exist in this world we will be called to account for what we did with the life that God has given us whether we were faithful or unfaithful servants, whether we focused on ourselves or on God who created us, and whether we reacted to the things of this world, both good and bad, in a way that mimics our savior or in a way that mimics the world.
In Philippians 4:11-13 Paul said “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.”
Sometimes we look at life and all we see is the struggle, the bad times and the sad times, we forget the joy of the good times and the memories of good things seem to be harder to retain the memories of the bad things, but in the final verse of this chapter we are reminded that this is LIFE, and life cannot be allowed to dictate who we as people are, Christ is the one we as Christians should dictate our attitude in life.
Verse 22 says:
“That is our portion” but what is our works with the portion we were given do we moan and groan, do we say woe is me, do we stare at others and covet their life? Or did we remind ourselves that we are Christians and this life has already been overcome?
Re-read the whole of verse 22
“So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?”
We should live our lives in such a way so that we can look back at it, through all the seasons of our lives and rejoice in the life that we lived, yes there were times of failure but our response to that failure was growth either in character or in faith, yes there were hard times, but they too passed and good times soon followed. This is the life that we are called to as believers.
I want you to look at the world around us today, the uncertainty, the unrest, the hate, the sorrow, look at what is going on in the world as a whole, if you were a being that was given a glimpse of this world and the things that go on in it you would think it is a planet that is used as an insane asylum.
How can one race of beings have the capacity to show love and compassion and at the same time be so hateful and evil?
In Verse 18 it says
18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.”
We are indeed like animals in the context of this passage we were born and we will die just like them, but we also like them, are creatures of our nature, and unlike them our nature has within it features of God, our actions should be governed by our morality which is something animals do not have, because we are created in the image of God we have been given the ability to know right from wrong unlike the other creatures of the world, no matter how smart they may be they do lake the gift of morality, it is the very thing that divides us.
So though we may be born and then die as our fellow animals what separates us is our life between these two events, how we lived this life, and how we honored or dishonored our creator.
As we go into this Christmas season keep this in mind. We are not alone with those we love on this planet; there are those who need us to remember that fact right now in our lives. We are the special creation of God are called to recognize that no matter what the season may be in our life we have a responsibility to remember WHY we are here. To serve the God of our creation in whichever way we may in order to spread the Word of God, and the love of God, so that we may Glorify God.
This scripture is broken down into three sections,
- Everything has a time. Verses 1-8
- God Give task. Verses 9-15
- Injustice Seems to Prevail. Verses 16-22
The First part is to remind us that no one is immune from the things that happen in life, we all will have these seasons in our life.
The Second part lets us know that in life regardless of the season we are called to serve a higher purpose and we should rejoice in that purpose.
The Third part lets us know that God realizes that to us it may seem that evil and injustice prevails, thus the timeless question we all seem to ask “Why do bad things happen to good people and bad people seem to get everything”.
But I want you to focus on the one key word of that third part, the word “Seems”.
There is a saying “Perception is reality” people believe what they perceive, but God is not “People” God knows the truth of the matter and God Prevails, not our perception. We will all be called to account on that day.
So as we Go into this Christmas season remember why it exist, remember you part in this Pan of Gods and remember that God is with us here, in this life, in the good times and in the bad times, when we smile and when we cry, no matter what the season is in our life God walks it with us, and after this it will be God who calls us home and then we will be there with Him and there will only be one season which will never end nor will we want it to end.