A Time For Everything

Sunday, July 19, 2020
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – (NLT)

    For everything there is a season,
           a time for every activity under heaven.
    A time to be born and a time to die.
           A time to plant and a time to harvest.
    A time to kill and a time to heal.
           A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    A time to cry and a time to laugh.
           A time to grieve and a time to dance.
    A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
           A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
    A time to search and a time to quit searching.
           A time to keep and a time to throw away.
    A time to tear and a time to mend.
           A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
    A time to love and a time to hate.
           A time for war and a time for peace.

This familiar, oft-quoted passage from Ecclesiastes covers the entire scope of a lifetime, from beginning to end. Everything that happens in life is covered at some point by one of the "times" in this list. Life's events are fully encapsulated in these few brief phrases. The essence of all that we are and do is distilled in these contrasting couplets.

I knew that "a time of pandemic" was not likely to found here, so I wondered how this passage of Scripture would apply to this time in history in which we are living today. True enough, the entire globe suffered from the flu pandemic of a hundred years ago. There has been massive economic upheaval and unemployment before. Wars have always wreaked terrible pain and havoc. Natural disasters have totally destroyed everything in their path. Yet, there has never before been a time of total shutdown of normal, everyday activities such as we are experiencing today all over the world.

Note the pattern of contrasts or pairs-in-tandem in this Ecclesiastes passage. For every "bad" time in life, there is a counterbalancing or offsetting "good" time. We can be assured that life is not one long, endless, dark tunnel. Several specific "times" found in this list pertain to our current circumstances. The world is — sadly — finding this to be a time to die and a time to cry and grieve. But there will come a time to heal, build up, and once again laugh, dance, and embrace.

So even in our "time of pandemic" we can find good. Despite the grave pain and hardship experienced by many, we have been brought closer together as we have reached out to one another in mutual kindness and support. Can you count the blessings that have come, despite the uncertainties that we are all experiencing?

Prayer: Dear loving heavenly Father, we know that You see and know all that we are going through today. May we willingly receive whatever You ordain for each day of our lives as we trustingly place ourselves in Your hands. Thank You also for the blessing of kindness that we see in our fellow man. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Gail Lundquist <gail10833@gmail.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Gail.

    Thanks for sharing.
    God bless Gail.

    Thank you, Gail, for reminding us that we need to focus on the blessings in the season.

    Good morning Gail,
    Thank you for your beautiful devotion. It reminds us to put everything in perspective according to scripture. “This too shall pass.”

    Daily messages and prayers are very much appreciated. Please keep sending. Here in Ontario, Canada, most churches are still closed. Your messages fill a huge gap and will serve a valuable purpose even after our sanctuaries are re-opened. Thanks so much.

    Thank you, Gail. I too have been feeling this way but sometimes need a reminder. May God Bless you your family and the people in your country. These are trying times and we all need to think of each other. Praying this pandemic soon loses its forward thrust and knowing God is still on his throne and knows what we are going through is comforting.

    Greetings Gail,
    Thank you for these good and encouraging words this morning. We truly need be thankful that our Lord is ever on duty and knows all that we are dealing with each and every day. Those verses in Ecclesiastes 3 certainly relate with the happenings people are experiencing in today’s world. Our loving Lord is with us from beginning to end.
    Blessings for writing.

    Dear Gail,
    Your devotion is very timely for the unrest in your part of the country. It is comforting to know that you and others can be comforted by knowing that God is in control, He knows what He allows, and that He has a plan we can trust. He is our anchor and such a blessing to us that His anchor holds fast. Blessings to you and yours and your region. I hope you don’t live too close to the unrest.

    Good afternoon Gail,
    You asked the question if we can see good during this time of the pandemic. Yes, we can. Our computer needed replacing, some of my programs were not compatible to the new one, I am presently having some medical issues which have slowed me down, and due to the fact that my preaching days are over for now I had the time to do all the computer work to be able to continue to do what I have been doing when this is over, the Lord willing. By the way I love that passage you started with.

    Rays of goodness has not escaped me.
    A Christian friend of mine was contacted by her bank manager the other day. She has never been particularly close to him but was set back with his opening question; “You are a woman of faith, what is God doing?”
    Wisely, she just answered his question simply, “My God is not a vengeful god.” I don’t know the ensuing conversation, but I am sure she answered in such a way that he will be open to calling again!
    Thanks for reminding us of God’s presence and His timing.
    Bless you for keeping the Faith,
    (BC Canada)

    I used that verse on the cover newspaper as it seemed to exactly fit where we were in the pandemic.
    Many people related to it, much as you have.
    Amazing when you realize it was probably written over 3,000 years ago.
    I’ll send you a copy.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you! Very well said and l see it.

    One of my favorite verses. Thanks.

    Thank you, Gail, for this wonderfully uplifting message. Despite my wife losing her Mom to COVID (she was already very sick), we remain blessed to be safe and healthy.
    Blessings continue to pour in every day. Our God in indeed an awesome God.
    Praise be to the Lord.

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