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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 24, 2021

Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-4


Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:


In large part, the secret of life is to know what time it is. Everything operates on a clock in this natural world. This is one of the differences between this natural realm and the realm of the eternal. On the other side of the grave, there is no time. While in the “here and now” there is a time to be born and a time to die; as is said in the very next verse to the one referenced above. In the next world there is no time to die. There is a time to be born, no doubt, debatably that happens at the time of the new birth of a child of God as spoken about by Jesus in John 3.


In this life there are seasons. Childhood is a season. Teenage years is a season. Young adulthood is a season. So too is middle age, and one’s senior years. These seasons have different characteristics that frankly can only be understood by living through them. For example, verse 6 of Ecclesiastes 1 states: A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. When it comes to money, this is true. In life there is a time to gather money, and a time to cast money away. Through one’s working years one may have enough to store some money up for their retirement years. This is the time to gather. In the retirement years though, that is a time to cast away the money saved for the necessary things of life.


You see, there is a time for everything in life. The secret, for sake of repeating, is to know what time it is. In verse 7 of this chapter Solomon wrote that there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Oh, that some would learn that, for many speak when they should be silent and are silent when they should speak. The way to know when to do which is through discretion. The same is true with all of the fourteen contrasting statements made in verses 2-8.


So, the question is not “what to do” so much as it is “is it time to do…” For after all, there is a season for everything in life. Some of which is filled with enjoyment and satisfaction; some of which is filled with torment and hardship. May you experience more of the former and less of the latter.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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