Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, February 14, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #6
“There’s A Time for Everything”
Our existence in this world is a mixture of joy and sorrow, harmony and conflict, and life and death. Each has its own proper moment, and we, as creatures of time, must conform to the temporal limitations that are built into the cycle of life. No permanent state of affairs exists in this world. This is a great source of frustration for people since longing for eternity is planted within us. We can neither be satisfied with what we are nor can we understand God’s purpose in all this. We can only humbly accept what we are in this world and confess our faith that God’s way is always right.
Here in our text we’ll discover that (There’s A Time for Everything) by noting the truth that is stated and the truth that is illustrated:
I. The Truth Is Stated: Eccl. 3:1 (also 8:6)
Solomon said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” By the word “everything” Solomon meant peoples’ deliberate, willful acts. The Hebrew word for “everything,” is always used of people, and literally means “desire,” and then by metonymy “what one desires” (cf. Isa. 58:13). For these willful acts people are held accountable (cf. Eccl. 3:17). Each activity, wrote Solomon, has its proper time (point in time) and season (duration).
II. The Truth Is Illustrated: Eccl. 3:2-8
A. Life and Death (vv.2-3)
B. Mourning and Laughter (v.4)
C. Friendship and Enmity (vv.5-6)
D. Destruction and Creativity (v.7)
E. Love and Hate (v.8)
We live in a world of changes. The events of time and the conditions of human life are continually passing and repassing, yet every change is determined by God and we should therefore acclimate ourselves to His purposes. The only true pleasure of life is in making good use of the things God has given us, and making ourselves helpful to those around us.
What lessons can we learn from this text?
- Our lives may almost be classified as a mass of contradictions.
- Our lives have purpose because of God’s oversight into every aspect of them (SEE: Romans 8:28-30).