Sunday 24th June 2012 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens:2 a time to be born and a time to die,a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,a time to tear down and a time to build,4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,a time to mourn and a time to dance,5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,a time to embrace and a time to refrain,6 a time to search and a time to give up,a time to keep and a time to throw away,7 a time to tear and a time to mend,a time to be silent and a time to speak,8 a time to love and a time to hate,a time for war and a time for peace.9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Time is linked to seasons, with each season there are changes i.e. autumn to summer, summer to winter, winter to spring, or simply the rainy season to the dry season. Life brings with it changes, when we think of seasons we think of changes. Life gives us seasons, the greatest challenge is dealing with the different seasons we are given but God has given us His Word to help us through the changes life gives to us.
We need to understand why changes take place and how to deal with them. What generates these seasons you may ask and the answer to this is the basic principle of life. The Bible says When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me 1 Corinthians 13:11 ……..each season we go through we must gain maturity, We must note that it is not the Heavenly things that change for Heaven is constant, it is the things under the Heavens that change.
We need to understand that there is a difference between the things that are a predestination of God for our lives and things which happen to us based on earthly decisions. The predestination of God occurs in our life when we come to know God and come to Him however the decisions made before this and made based on earthly choices are not what have been predestined by God. Earthly decisions put us in a timeframe/season which has not been predestined by God.
When we make earthly decisions we sometimes put ourselves at risk and accept the risk associated with our decisions. Sometimes the consequences of our decisions may not impact us right away but later down the road and these decisions do not fall within God’s predestination for our life. There is a Heavenly dispensation and an earthly dispensation, everything is constant in Heaven nothing catches God by surprise. Decisions made impact the season in your life that you are in, Adam and Eve made an earthly decision to eat of the forbidden tree and this resulted in the environment they were placed in.
The scripture (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11) deals with eternity – a time to born and a time to die. Seasons in our life start with birth and end with death, seasons in our life can be measured…..God said in Psalm 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years–or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away….” Don’t ever think that the time you are living in and the season you are experiencing will last forever, the season will past but it is important to rejoice and do good and rejoice in each season you go through. Life is precious but short make the most of it NOW, the Psalmist David said the dead cannot praise God so when you have life praise God.
There are 28 seasons of life presented in the scripture which we are sure to come into contact with at some point during our life. Our guide through life must be directed by God, friends and family may lend advice but the main source of our guidance must come from God. The Bible says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5. God will take us through the seasons of life and make our troubles easier as we deal with each season.
Sometimes seasons present themselves because of words said and the actions taken because of words said James 3:6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. ……The unrighteous use their earthly knowledge to gain, oppress the poor, to manipulate and influence those around them. The earth’s system is governed by profit & loss, in life you would gain or lose based on the earthly knowledge you have. The unrighteous do not factor in the knowledge of God but base their decisions on man-made knowledge. God places knowledge to help us through seasons but when we lose sight of God and believe that our earthly knowledge will take us through we may come into a season where we may lose and not profit.
The righteous say “I will separate carnal knowledge from faith based knowledge for the righteous know that God will supply all their needs….And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:19. When you exempt God from your life you will come into a season where you are grasping for answers and none of the knowledge of the world can help, you will need faith based knowledge to go through all the seasons of life.
The righteous say “I will use the resources that God has blessed me with to bless others” The world may tell you hold onto your blessings but the Bible says “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again Ecclesiastes 11:1.…..When you give and bless others in a grave season of your life you will be blessed in a season when you do not have.
Righteous people understand the frailty of life, they understand we can be here today and gone the next. Unrighteous people have no care for life they live life in a vacuum living in their current season believing that things wouldn’t change. Unrighteous people believe they can live life the way they want with no consequences for their decisions. As seasons change the decisions made in a previous season impacts on a season to follow. When we live recklessly and without regard thinking we can live life without any consequences we are mistaken.
We must be careful of the seasons in life for decisions made in one season impact on other seasons. In the account of Joshua and the children of Israel crossing the river Jordan the waters had risen to overflow as the snow from the winter melted and caused the levels to rise. The winter season affected the spring season.
The frailty of life – the righteous keep in mind life past, life present and life to come. There are 3 major seasons in our life 1) Past 2) Present and 3) Future. We must not presuppose the seasons of our life sometimes we think life will go a certain way based on the events of a prior season but there is nothing constant or sure in life but we have hope knowing the God holds our future. If we do not take God’s counsel we have no future to live for, the Bible says “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
As believers we must be careful of the decisions made and words said as these impact us for life is a cycle where everything changes but remains the same. Generation to generation when we face changes in life we must deal with them with the knowledge of God for our normal, natural knowledge will fail us. To every cause there is an effect for this is the baseline of the seasons we go through.
Righteous people know that when they face continuous changes, God remains continuously steadfast for God is ever constant.