English Service FINDING SATISFACTION IN LIFE

THE PROBLEM OF TIME

ECCLESIASTES 3:1-15

 

INTRODUCTION

Life is like a coin, you can spend any way you want to but you can only spend it once. The preacher (Koheleth) begins with a parallel series of 14 opposites. The preacher contrasts to picture the total human experience we must realize that God, not man controls time.

Let us learn:-

I.   FIRST, RECOGNIZE GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER TIME (3:1-8)

  • “To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”
  • Ecclesiastes chapter 3, is the world’s most famous poem on the subject of time.
  1. Time to be born and time to die (v.2)
  • The boundaries of life “under the sun” is birth and death.
  • Both birth and death are not accidents but are divine appointments because God is in control of both.
  • Although we may foolishly hasten our death, we cannot prevent it when it comes.
  • The Bible reminds us that our days are numbered (Psalm 139:16)
  • Psalm 31:15- “My times are in your hands” Psalm 90:10-12, 37:18
  • Even for Jesus Christ, there was a time to be born (Gal.4:4)
  1. Time for planting and time for plucking (V.2)
  • The successful farmer knows that nature works for him only when he works with nature.
  • There is a natural time for planting and a natural time for harvesting.
  • The secret to a successful life is to learn God’s principles and cooperate with them.
  1. Time for killing and time for Healing (V.3)

“A time to kill and a time to heal”

  • The term “Killing” here is not the same as “murdering” rather “Sickness and disease”
  • People get ill and die, but sometimes God’s plan is to get ill and be healed.
  • Sometimes God permits man to have a part in the healing (Doctors and medicine) but others times healing is entirely God’s doing.
  • We do not understand why one is taken and another is left.
  1. Time for tearing down and time for building (V.3)
  • There is time for “urban renewal” old ways of doing things must give way to new ways.
  • Old habits and attitudes must give way to Godly habits and attitudes.
  1. Time for weeping and time for laughing (V.4)
  • There is time for mourning and a time for rejoicing (I Thes.4:13)
  1. Time to mourn and time to dance- time to mourn over our sins and time to dance in the presence of God. (I Sam.6:20)
  2. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones”(v.5)
  • The land of Palestine is very rocky indeed. Farmers had to clear their land before they could plough and plant.
  • If you wanted to hurt your neighbour enemy you filled his field with rocks (2 Kings 3:19-25)
  1. A time to speak and a time to keep silent (V.7)
  • 27:14, James 1:26, Psalm 141:3
  1. Time to love and time to hate (V.8)
  • Hate the things God hates (Pro.6:17-19)

II.   SECOND: DRAWING CONCLUSIONS CONCERNING TIME (3:9-11)

  • We may not understand His time and purpose now until we step out of our time (Under heaven) and into His purpose (Eternity)
  • God’s timing is always best (v.11)
  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time”
  • God has put eternity in their hearts (v.11)
  • God will never let the human heart be satisfied by that which is temporal. Eternity is in your heart.

III.  THIRD, PERCEPTIONS CONCERNING TIME, (3:12-15)

  • What God gives (v.12-13)
  • God gives us the ability to enjoy life, the ability to do good.
  • God gives the ability to enjoy food and drink. “In the last few years of John D. Rockefeller- The richest man in the world. He could eat very little food, two bites and a sip of water per day. One day Rockefeller, on a New York city street sow a beggar eating a hot dog. He said ‘ I would give a million dollars to be able to eat that hot dog”
  • What God does (v.14-15)
  • God’s works are permanent (v.14) I Cor.15:58)
  • God’s works are complete (v.14)

CONCLUSION

  • Wait for God’s time.
  • Live like you are dying (Heb.9:27)
  • Use your time wisely today (Eph.5:16)
  • Recognize God’s sovereignty over time.
  • Are you saved? Just come to Jesus Today.
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Rev, Dr. Willy Mutiso is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Athiriver. He is widely known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives.

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