Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3 is about time.  Solomon begins with this wise statement: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”.  From this start he goes on to make a long list of the different seasons of life, which while beautiful, also contains some of the difficult and troubling things that are part of life.  He uses the same words to define each thing, ‘a time to’ and then follows it with a long list of different events and activities that make up life.  Some are very good, some are not.


Solomon reminds us that God is the Master of time.  “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end”.  God has beautifully woven together all things.  There are no mistakes or surprises as He is Master of all.  He also has put a yearning into man’s heart to understand eternity.  That’s true because we are made in the image of God.  He created us that way, with that desire to find and understand what eternity can be.

Solomon goes on to tell us what he knows about God:

  • there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live
  • everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil
  • whatever God does endures forever
  • nothing can be added to it
  • nor anything taken from it
  • God has done it, so that people fear before him
  • That which is, already has been
  • that which is to be, already has been
  • God seeks what has been driven away

God has given us many good and perfect gifts that we need to receive and enjoy as gifts from God.  The blessings of life are immense.

There are three aspects of God’s nature that we can learn in verse 14:

  1. God’s actions are permanent (endure forever)
  2. God’s actions are effective and complete (nothing can be added to it)
  3. God’s actions are totally secure (nothing can be taken from it)

We need to have a reverent fear and respect for God.  His ways never vary or change!

Solomon also reminds us that we will have to give account someday for our actions.  “I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work”.  Scripture is clear in many places, and Solomon reinforces here, that we will stand before God to give account for our actions.  God will look into our heart and determine our motives and judge us for the deeds we’ve done.  Of course, what we do with Jesus will determine our entry into eternal life with Him, but how we live in obedience to His commandments will determine our destiny in that eternity.  This is serious stuff, and there is a time for all of it to happen in our life!

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