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Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

The next chapter in Ecclesiastes is famous because of the song written by the Birds in the 1960’s, called “Turn, Turn, Turn”. This is perhaps the most difficult chapter because it is so well-known, making me nervous about living up to its potential.
The wise man begins the chapter by stating the first line of the song, without the word, “turn”.
Vs 1-“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Most people agree with this and feel comfortable with this statement. We understand that there is a time for everything and we can be comforted, knowing that God is in control of everything that happens in life or on the earth. Sometimes, this knowledge can put our anxiety to rest, especially with all of the violence that goes on in the world day after day. I am talking about all of the crime that happens in our cities and all of the fighting that keeps going on overseas. It seems like it will never stop. We can know, however, that God is in control and there is<em< purpose to everything that is going on in our world.
Do you ever feel sorry for those, who don’t believe in God or His providence? I do. I would hate to have no hope or comfort about all of the terrible things we see every day. A lot of people are scared and they don’t have to be. All they have to do is believe in God but they don’t want to have to do what He says. We can find a lot of comfort in God but they choose not to. You could say that this is one of the perks to being a follower of God.
Throughout our lifetime, we will see both sides of what verses 2-8 are talking about:
2 “A time to give birth, and a time to die;”
Have you ever noticed that someone you know dies and then soon after, someone in their family has a baby? I have seen it a few times and it’s weird. I don’t think this is the only meaning-we are born, we have kids and we die.
“A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.”
This seems simple enough. We plant in the spring and harvest in the fall but for them it was much more important because they didn’t have Mc’Donald’s or the grocery store down the street. For many people, this is the only way they could have food to eat.
4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
We all have times in our lives, where things are going great. This can be on a small level-ourselves-we are healthy, we like our job, we just got a promotion, we just had a baby, etc. It can be on a bigger level, too. We have a good relationship with our spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, we are raising good kids and they are behaving, we have “family time” at the dinner table, our new pet is fitting in just fine, our pet that we’ve had for a while is young and healthy-having developed a good relationship with us.
This can mean on a bigger level, too. Our parents are healthy, we get along with them, our siblings are enjoying a good life, one of our siblings just had a baby or got a promotion, our grandparents are healthy, etc.
Then, it can branch out to our neighbors or people we work with or people we go to church with. Maybe you are glad that neighbor that was bothering you has moved, or maybe you have a new neighbor, who seems nice and will take care of their space. Maybe you’ve made a new friend at church,cat work, or in your neighborhood.
Then there’s an even bigger scale: within our city, our state, or our nation. I knew, when Michael Jackson died, if I said something to someone in the check-out line, they would know what I was talking about. People are mourning the death of Whitney Houston, right now. Everyone in America, (well, if you watch the news 🙂 ) knows about her death and how they don’t have all of the details as to what happened. Maaany people talked about the death of Steve Jobs-I saw articles, videos, news clips, magazines. What about September 11, 2001? You don’t have to tell someone what happened that day. We remember as a nation. We grieved as a nation.
Also, on election day, America knows who is running for president and waits to hear who won. When a war is over, we all celebrate. In fact, this is one of the most famous pictures from the victory of World War II:

We are also connected as a world. It wasn’t just Americans who celebrated when World War II was over. We have a sense of relief when troops come home. We also have news crews that travel all over the world and show us videos of what is happening. On September 11, news broadcasts were shown all over the world and other countries grieved with us. It made us feel connected. Even if people do not believe in God, they have to admit that the world has a “Circle of Life” as so brilliantly stated in the Disney movie.
As we look at these verses-2-8, we can see that there is a time for everything in the universe and it has a system that it follows and not even Military leaders have total control. They might think they do but they are abiding by God’s plan. Even when the Romans and Jews put Jesus to death, and Satan was involved, they did not know that they were following God’s plan to the letter.
Verses 9-10 are repeating the same idea of vanity and how he has seen all of these things happen in life: pretty much what we just talked about.
Verses 11-22 in my Bible have the heading, “God has set eternity in the heart of man”. Verses 12-13 say that we should enjoy life and do good, and God will reward us for it. The fruits of our labor are a grift from God.
Verse 16 reminds me of certain countries where this has happened or is happening. This can also happen on a smaller level-at work, in our families, in our community, you name it. It says, “…in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness”. Isn’t this true? I’m sure you can think of somebody somewhere, or a situation, where it seems there is no justice, but there is hope.
Verse 17 tells us that: “I said to myself, ‘God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man.’. For a time for a time for every matter and every deed is there.
My mom used to tell me, “What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own”. I have seen this in various places in my life. I have seen what I thought were powerful people fall and fall hard. Ula mentioned in her post, recently, the verse in I Corinthians 10:12-“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall.”. We can get so caught up in our power and good fortune that we can be in danger of falling. Have you ever been keeping up with a sports team, who was on a winning streak and they lost because they became too secure in their winnings? Athletes are warned about this.
If you know someone, who seems to be on a “winning streak” against you, and it seems they have the power to persecute you forever, you can know they will not. Something will happen in their life or in your life to change that. Even if they do not pay for their sins in this life, (Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, etc.) you can guarantee they will pay for it in the next.
Verses 18-21 state that everyone will die-man and beast, and everyone’s fate ends up the same-death.
So, verse 22 concludes with, “And I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?”
How can I rephrase that verse, for it is so beautifully written, that I don’t want to mess it up. Can we find happiness in our lives? The preacher says we can and we should because the world will keep on turning, with a time for good and bad things to happen. 🙂

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