Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11:
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
All of us, at some point, must go through different seasons of life. There will be times that we will experience joy and happiness and moments when we must endure deep sorrow and pain. There will be times of joy at the weddings of our friends and family and periods of sadness at the passing of those that we love so much. We will have moments of silence and there will be those times when we must speak up for something that we believe to be right. As human beings we will have those times that we love those around us and there will also be times of hate toward others. In our lifetime we must live through many wars and there will also be those times of peace. As human beings, we will experience many different seasons of life during our time upon this earth.
The writer of Ecclesiastes, in the first two chapters, has written that wisdom, toil, and pleasures are indeed meaningless. In fact, the writer in the first chapter tells us that everything under the sun is meaningless. So how do you and I, find meaning in our daily lives that are lived out under the sun where so much seems to be meaningless?
We usually look for meaning in all of the wrong places in this world that we live in. Wisdom and meaning cannot be found in the world, it can only come from God. We often focus on making a name for ourselves and leaving behind a legacy so that others will remember who we were and what we accomplished. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that even kings or other important people are soon forgotten after they die.
The world that God created for us to live in poses a problem for most of us. We look to the world for happiness, fulfillment or validation and we never seem to find any of those things. Nothing on this earth seems to satisfy us, at least not for a long period of time. The things of this world cannot fully satisfy us because we were not made for this world, we were made for eternity. We were made to live with our creator God in heaven, where God is ruler over all.
I believe that we can find meaning in life if we remember this one important thing. We must come to realize that meaning comes from God; it does not come from this world. God has set the gift of eternity in our hearts but we still cannot begin to comprehend all that God has done for us as mere human beings. We only find meaning in this life when we come to cheerfully accept everything that comes our way as coming from the hand of God. As humans, we have little or no control over the seasons of our lives. God, who is eternal and sovereign, determines all of the seasons and activities of our lives.
Live out your life knowing that your creator God loves you and cares for you. Acknowledge his goodness and his wisdom and you will discover that this life “under the sun” does indeed have meaning and purpose. And we will fully discover that purpose as we spend eternity with our Father in heaven.