Telling Time: What’s Your Season?

“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.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

People love to say at Christmastime that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” It’s a good line, and it rhymes. But this week, we’re going to look at a famous poem from Ecclesiastes 3 and see that God is the reason for every season (not just Christmas).

emb_350David said this to God in Psalm 31:15: “My times are in your hands.” That’s true for all of us. God controls our seasons. You and I cannot turn winter to summer any more than we could have scheduled our own birth or the day of our death. Every season belongs to God.

What we can control is how we live in whatever season God brings along. Will we be wise or foolish this season? Will we plant in planting season — by investing our time and work and energy in whatever opportunity God gives us for the future? Or will we waste our planting season and have nothing to “uproot” or harvest when the payoff season comes along?

We’ll see this week that learning to tell what season you are in right now will help you to have the wisdom to know how best to live. Come back tomorrow.

Think: Does it bother you that God controls what season or time you are in? Do you trust him to bring you in and out of the seasons of your life? Why or why not?

Pray: Thank God that your times are in his hands and that he has made a time for everything in your life.

Do: Read the whole poem we’ll be studying this week in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.