“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace….
…He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart…”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11 [ESV]
Let’s face it… Our culture is focused on time. Perhaps more focused than any other culture in the world…perhaps. We want things quick, fast, in a hurry, and yesterday. We plan our calendars (hopefully) to maximize the minutes and hours in a day. We talk about “where the time went.” We talk about “making time” for stuff…
We are focused on time… The Bible does not avoid this topic. In fact, the writer of Ecclesiastes, declares that with everything done under the sun, there is an appropriate time and an appropriate response to circumstances in those times. The Bible also declares that God has created everything beautiful in it’s time.
…but what about when “time runs out”? Well, it is true that this world and our lives here on earth are temporal…but this world is not the end. Death is not the end.
God has placed time on our hearts and our minds because in doing so, He reminds us about “eternity.” While we may focus on not having enough time in this world…eternity does not have this problem. And God has set eternity on our hearts as well as access to eternity before you and me.
God has provided knowledge of Himself through the scriptures of the Bible. God has provided restoration through Himself by coming to earth as the Son, Jesus Christ, and dying so that we may live. He rose again on the third day as proof of His power and authority to give live…and as proof that we should follow Him in faith.
“…this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
-John 17:3 [ESV]
By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.