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Day 29 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Ecclessiates 3:1
Ecclessiates 3:1
Margaret Minnicks

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

God's timing is everything. Solomon, the wisest man who lived during his day, said in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there is a time for everything under the sun.

He gives an outline of opposites:

  • 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 for peace.

Solomon, declares that every human activity, whether small or great, has its proper time.

There is a right time and a wrong time to do all these things. When a person carries out these actions at the right time, his efforts are usually successful. But at a wrong time, the same efforts would not be successful.

God has a perfect timing for your life. It is easy to become impatient and to want everything now. Getting what you want now could lead to disaster. God knows the best time to act. Wait for His timing for your life. When you feel that God has forgotten you in your troubles, remember that God has a time schedule that we can't see.

Let's get in sync with God's timing. And let's move when God says move and stand still when He says to do so. The expression, "Strike while the iron is hot" has everything to do with timing. If you wait until the iron is cold, it will not serve its purpose. An iron stays hot only a short period of time, but it is time enough to give you your desired results. God's window of opportunity is much like that iron. God's window of opportunity won't last forever. If there is something you and God are see-sawing about, know that God abides by His time and not yours.

God has arranged a proper time for everything for you. There is even a proper time when people should trust God to save them. That time is now (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Meditate on the lesson to help you determine what time it is for you.

You are invited to read and reflect on the Lenten for Day 30.

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