A Time For Everything

Posted on 05.23.2012

One issue that we as human beings struggle with is timing.

It can be frustrating when we must wait for something to happen that we have been working towards for a long time. Waiting for “that thing” can be discouraging. Worst of all, it can make some give up and quit.

The one vital element that is necessary for reaching a goal or waiting for a change is timing. What we all must realize is that there is a time for everything. The first step is knowing that what you are waiting for or working towards is God’s will. The second step is truly believing that God’s timing is best. In other words, if you are a Christian or believer, you accept and surrender to God’s timetable for your life. There is a time for everything that happens. Let’s read this most profound passage of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace” (verses 1-8).

Verse 11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

I wonder what this means for you and for me? Does reading this passage make you feel better or worse about your particular situation? Can we accept His timing for death, for weeping and for mourning as well as we can for living, laughing and dancing?

This passage reminds me once again that God is sovereign. He is in control. As much as we would like to determine our futures and the “when” and “where” and “how” of our lives, we cannot. We cannot.

Instead, we can continue to pursue a close relationship with God, surrender to His will and know that He has our best interest in mind. After all, He cares for us, loves us, and because of that love He extends His grace upon us. His grace carries us through and continually blesses us at the right time, place and circumstance. As we live and to work unto Him, He will do all things good for us in His time.