Summary: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Bible says “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,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

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A Time for Change- Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

“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,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

Today, we live in a world of rapid change. The evidence of change is all around us: Spring becomes summer. Summer becomes fall. Fall becomes winter. Winter becomes spring. The young become aged and the new becomes old and so on and so forth.

In the book of Daniel, we discover two very interesting predictions about the changes.”God changes times and seasons; (Daniel 2:20) the most powerful realities on earth are time and seasons and the most predictable truth on Earth is Change. Everything in Creation God design to experience natural change, nothing remains the same.

Beyond doubt there will be a massive change in 2014. There will be political, legal, social, cultural, ideological, moral, religious, scientific, technological, spiritual, climatic and environmental changes will occur in every Nations. Change is the greatest Challenge of our time. However, God does not Change. One thing is certain, the Scriptures make a distinction between the “temporal” and the “Eternal.” Paul says that the things that are seen are “temporal” but the things not seen are “eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). “Time” clearly does not relate to God and man in the same way. In describing God, the psalmist declares: “. . . from everlasting to everlasting, you are God . . .” (Psa. 90:2). Eternity is endless, but time is measured by a “beginning” and an “end.” Bible says " To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: “(Ecclesiastes 3:1) these words are words for every person, in every place, in every circumstance.

The two words here--season and time--imply duration and a point in time. Because everything has a season, nothing (at least on earth) lasts forever. God has appointed a "season" for everything. Seasons have beginnings and endings. They last, but not too long. In the life cycle there is a season for conception and growth, a season for childhood and youth, a season for middle age and a season for old age, followed by death. It's all quite natural; it's all ordained by God. The word translated "time" means "a point in time." Within any give season, there is a point in time in which God has ordained everything to happen. So season means a period of time and time means a point in time. Every activity of mankind has a proper time and a predetermined duration. Our lives will be a lot less stressful if we recognize that the omniscient hand of God has appointed a time when things are to be done, and He has a predetermined duration for those things to last. God has appointed the times and seasons, the events of our lives, the happy and the sad, the easy and the difficult. On one hand this can bring worry, but on the other hand, it should bring you hope because we know that God is in control.

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Selwyn Bodley

commented on Jan 9, 2016

great series!

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