“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 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 from embracing, 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.” – Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
I’ve read a meditation on this scripture, and I wanted to share some pieces:
“Solomon wants us to come to realize that there is purpose, order and timing to the seasons of life. The intriguing word is “delights” (haphetz – in Hebrew). Most English translations will use the word “seasons” or “matter” to reflect the meaning of haphetz, and those are accurate translations. When the word is used in a context of timing, it takes on a specific time-oriented meaning. However, the word by itself means “delight” or “pleasure.” This gives the implication that there is something delightful in these appointed times, something fitting, something enjoyable. This builds the intrigue as you look at the descriptions of the seasons of life…
The point Solomon is making is not to assign morality to the seasons of life, but that all life, all actions, all that happens to man while he walks the earth is an “appointed time” with a potential for “seasons of delight.” ” – Delight in the Word blog
This reflection discusses that in time we experience delights in appointed times and other times not-so-much.
I found this reflection below different:
“Christians do not believe there is a time for everything. We believe that in Christ the time has changed. There was once a time when there was a time for all things; but that time is over. Now, in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, present time is no longer fallen time: for the church, present time is future time. In the death of Jesus God put to death all of the deathly corollaries of the good things of life God created for this world; and in the resurrection of Jesus God’s good future, in which all those good things will be brought to redeemed fruition and restoration, has invaded this world even today — so that the overpowering and overwhelming life that is the resurrected Jesus is the place, is the person, where the inbreaking kingdom of God has come in fact, in its fullness. And the people that gather around this person, this fullness of the life of God’s shalom, who follow and worship and believe on his name — that is, the church — this people participate in the very same fullness and future in the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the sign and deposit and source of that coming future’s consummation. The triune God who rescues the world in Jesus and promises a new future for that world has given to that world a people who offer in their life a sharing in the coming restoration of all things….
Ecclesiastes 3 has the potential to make us think there is a time for homelessness and a time for homecoming, a time for poverty and a time for upward mobility, a time for disease and a time for health. In Christ God has no more time for such [bad] things. He is done with them.
The gospel speaks a different word: The Holy One of Israel takes on homelessness and poverty and death for the sake of a world that will one day be rid of all such injustices. In doing so he stands against all homelessness, all poverty, all disease, all oppression, all injustice, all chaos, all death. He did not do so by acting as if they did not exist, and neither did he act as if they were quite alright as the way things were. He engaged them fully, took them upon himself, stepped into the life of those who were most suffering by their hand. So must we if we hope and claim to follow this one as Lord.” – Resident Theology blog
This reflection discusses that Jesus changed the meaning of time as described in Ecclesiastes. Jesus made time to be good, a life of fullness and good things today and in the future. With Christ, we hope and follow in Him, for which He made time right.