God’s Word describes that God of the Bible is God of order.
The world we live in has an order set by God from eternity – God designed it – HE created it – HE set an order till HE uncreates the world.
Along with the order HE also set seasons for the physical world as well as the spiritual world.
The writer of this book Ecclesiastes, King Solomon expressed a great philosophy of life on earth.
The first verse expresses his thought process.
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
In the world we live in we have to recognize that there is an appropriate time for everything in our life’s journey – Solomon calls them seasons – Seasons of life experiences and expectations
We all know that a season is a period of time.
The writer says for every activity under the sun there is an appointed moment and a season.
Whatever God has purposed for our lives is going to come to pass.
So life consists of seasons and seasons consist of particular moments in time.
We are all created by a God who set the seasons based upon the rotation of the earth at it orbits the ‘sun’.
As the earth rotates seasons change, like sun rise and sun set where sun remains constant.
So also in our spiritual life, our Christian lives rotate around ‘THE SON’ Lord Jesus Christ.
Our lives keep changing as we enter and exit many seasons in life.
The Son remains constant and HE never changes.
Verses 2-8 we see Solomon uses 14 sets of opposites as a means of covering everything in between.
These 14 opposites cover every human life and story – it’s absolutely brilliant the way Solomon puts it.
If we deeply look at these verses they tell my life story and your life story
Solomon names them seasons in everyone’s life – what we go through in our life falls under these verses expressed so beautifully.
No one escapes these phases or seasons in life.
Youth is the time to build physically, educationally and mentally.
Sunset years is the time to fall apart – In old age one should not fight it as it is appropriates at that age – it is in God’s perfect design to fall apart in sunset years.
King Solomon says that no one is going to escape the hurts and sorrows of life.
God orchestrated them in everyone’s life and HE chose and design that way.
In a fallen world it is right that there will be times of hurt, of sorrow and weeping.
There are values and standards we must never surrender.
Other times we need to throw away things -- clean out the closets, clutters in the garage, throw away the things we don’t need any more.
There’s a time to accumulate and a time to liquidate.
There are habits and attitudes - resentments need to be thrown away – Longstanding hurts and grudges need to be forgiven and forgotten.
In verse 11 King Solomon says that God set eternity in every human heart by default and design.
God has given us a curiosity about our tomorrows not sure what may come upon us.
God never gave us every detail of what our tomorrows will be like.
As Christians we know that God is going to bring out something beautiful out of the brokenness of our lives.
C.S. Lewis said, "Our Heavenly Father has provided many delightful inns for us along our journey, but HE takes great care to see that we do not mistake any of them for home."
12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil--this is the gift of God.
14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear HIM.
15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.