This week, we’re going to be considering Solomon’s observations about time. This will incude the importance of proper timing, the passing of time, and age.
(Ecc 3:1) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (2) A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (3) A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (5) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (6) A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (7) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
(Ecc 3:17) I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
(Ecc 3:11) He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
(Ecc 8:5) Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. (Ecc 8:6) Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. (Ecc 8:7) For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
Timing is Critical
In what is probably the best know passage from Eccliesiates, Solomon proclaims that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. Even thing that seem to be opposites can be right at certain times. Sometimes it’s necessary to break down, but at other times, to build up. Doing the right thing at the wrong time can end in disaster, so, good timing is important. Here is another Bible passage that mentions the importance of good timing:
Pro 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
God has a timetable for judging the wicked. We may get impatient for that day to arrive, but it will come. God has a schedule on which He beautifies His people. (We may decline physicially, but we can grow in spiritual beauty with each passing year.) All this means that life requires patience and wisdom. We can get in a hurry, and get really frustrated because things are not happening on our schedule.
Bad Timing Leads to Misery
People can’t predict the future, so it’s hard to know the right time to act. Doing right requires both good timing and judgment. When one of those elements is missing, it can be painful.
What About You?
- Are you aware of the need for good timing in your decisions?
- Have you experienced the pain of badly timed actions?
- Do you believe that God’s timing is perfect?