There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to… (verses 1,2)
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
As children, we used to play a game called ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf.’ Maybe you played it as well. Mr Wolf would respond with 3 o’clock or whatever time he/she chose. But when they called out ‘Dinner Time’ everyone would shriek and run in all directions. It really was quite fun and terrifying because you never knew what Mr Wolf was going to call out!
Our reading is a familiar one, ‘a time to live, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to uproot, a time to kill, a time to heal; and so on. As the world gets darker by the week many are asking ‘what time is it?’ Is this the end of the world? But regardless of what is happening in our world we need not be afraid! Because if we are in Christ then we know that regardless of what times we live in, we have the very hope of salvation. Be encouraged, friend, you have no need to be fearful or know the time in which you live. Just hold onto the one who is eternal, as he holds onto you!
When in your life did you see God’s perfect timing?
Lord Jesus, thank you for holding me and giving me hope in uncertain times. I have no need to fear. Amen.
by Dean Mills, in ‘Time Out with the Shepherd’ (ACR, Australian Church Resources, 2017)
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