Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
We tend to be selfish when it comes to wanting what we want when we want them. While getting something at a particular time might seem ideal for us, the timing might not be the time God wants for us to have it. Therefore, He delays the time.
Keep in mind that God could act, but He acts when it is His time to act for the greater good and not for when we believe it is time to act. God sees beyond what we can see or even phantom. God's time is always perfect.
Solomon was a wise king. He was wise enough to know that things do not remain the same. Therefore, he wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there is a time for everything under the sun. He goes through a whole list of things that could happen. Then he gives the opposite of what could happen.
What he was saying is that things change, and nothing remains the same. The good things don't always stay good and fortunately, the bad things don't always stay bad.
Read at Funeral
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is a familiar passage that is read at funerals to encourage the grieving family that things do not remain the same.
Sometimes it is said when a person dies that he died too soon. That's the way humans see it, but not the way God sees it. Solomon started off by saying there is a time for everything. He gives the example that there is a time to be born. Then he gives the opposite by saying it is a time to die.
No matter how short or long we live, there will come a time when we all will die. We read about babies dying and we know people who live to be a very old age. Only God knew when these people would be born, and only God knows when those people would die.
When you read through Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, you will be encouraged to know that following a bad thing, there comes a good thing. For instance, Solomon says in verse 4 that there is a time to weep and then there will be a time to laugh. He repeats the same scenarios again by saying there is a time to mourn and a time to dance.
In other words, laughter will follow weeping, and dancing will follow a time of mourning.
We might not realize it at the time, but things will change when God wants them to change. The best thing we can do is to wait until the changes come because one thing for sure is that things will not stay the same.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 from the King James Version of the Bible
a time to be born
and a time to die
a time to plant
and a time to uproot
a time to kill
and a time to heal
a time to tear down
and a time to build
a time to weep
and a time to laugh
a time to mourn
and a time to dance
a time to scatter stones
and a time to gather them
a time to embrace
and a time to refrain from embracing
a time to search
and a time to give up
a time to keep
and a time to throw away
a time to tear
and a time to mend
a time to be silent
and a time to speak
a time to love
and a time to hate
a time for war
and a time a time for peace
According to God's Time
We can't force God to move until He is ready to move. He will not budge no matter how much we beg Him. God knows what is best in every situation, and He will act according to His infinite wisdom.
While we want our plan to be fulfilled, God wants His plan to be fulfilled. Guess whose plan will be fulfilled? It will be God's plan every single time. Therefore, we should rest assured and trust God's timing.
Dottie Peoples sings "He's An On Time God." The lyrics say, "He may not come when you want him. but he'll be there right on time."
God's Timing Can Be Trusted
Because God is all seeing and all knowing, we should trust Him to act on our behalf when the time is right and when it will be best for not only ourselves but for others and ultimately for God's glory.
There is a great analogy that God can see a parade from the beginning to the end and from the end to the beginning. We can see only the little part that is passing by our window. We don't know what floats and marchers have gone before, and surely we don't know what and who are coming afterward.
The parade will keep going whether we agree with it or not. God wants us to be comfortable and trust what we see in front of us at the time and try not to second guess what He will do. He wants us to trust Him with the parts of the parade that we cannot see.
What We Should Do?
Solomon teaches us exactly what God wants us to know, and that is there is a time for everything under the sun. What we seem to have a problem with is the transitional period while God is working things out on our behalf.
The best thing for us to do is to get in sync with God's timing. We can do that when we take the advice of Solomon's father David who said:
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." -- Psalm 27:14
"A Time For Everything" - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- "There is a _________ for everything."
- "There is a time __________ and a time to die."
- to be born
- "There is a time to plant, and a time to _______."
- "There is a time to mourn, and a time to _________."
- to be born