February 2 - Redeeming the Time - Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
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This Sunday we will beginning a new Sunday School class. Ray Rutledge will be teaching on Biblical Stewardship. This class will begin at 10:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Moors of Mauritania.
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.
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 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. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.
I perceived that 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; and God seeks what has been driven away..
The preacher of Ecclesiastes, beginning in chapter 3, will instruct us on the nature of this life to give wisdom. He takes a comprehensive look at life, from our birth to our death. This life has seasons that are rich and joy filled, while other times, are marked by loss and sorrow. While these events are often unexplainable, the preacher reminds us that God is sovereign over all the events in our life, and so we ought to fear him, thankful to know him. Since God is sovereign over all events, we can live in light of the uncertainties with confidence and hope.
Review and Apply
What are some of the times of joy and other times of sorrow that have felt unexplainable to you?
What things do you seek to control? What might it look like to surrender control over these things?
How have you seen God make these times beautiful?
How do struggle to enjoy the ordinary things in life as a gift from God?
How does the truth of God's sovereign hand, even over death, bring comfort to you?
What does the fear of God look like in your life?
How can others encourage you to walk in faith before this? How can you encourage others?