Summary: Solomon tells us that timing is everything in life and life goes through many stages and we need to know what time it is.

“Everything in Time!”

Ecclesiastes pt. 4

On the lighter side of life:

Proverbs from Fourth Graders

A 4th grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave each child in the class the first half of the proverb, and asked them to come up with the rest. Here is what they came up with:

Better to be safe than punch a 5th grader

Strike while the bug is close.

It’s always darkest before daylight savings time

Never underestimate the power of termites.

You can lead a horse to water but how?

Don’t bite the hand that looks dirty.

No news is impossible.

A miss is as good as a Mr.

You can’t teach an old dog math.

If you lie down with dogs, you will stink in the morning.

Love all, trust me.

The pen is mightier than the pigs

An idle mind is the best way to relax.

Where there is smoke, there’s pollution.

Happy is the bride who gets all the presents.

A penny saved is not much.

Two is company, three’s The Musketeers.

None are so blind as Helen Keller.

Children should be seen and not spanked or grounded.

If at first you don’t succeed get new batteries.

You get out of something what you see pictured on the box.

When the blind lead the blind get out of the way.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry and you have to blow your nose.

(from The Daily Dilly)

Opening Illustration: Blue Fish TV “There is a Time for everything!”

Illustration what happens in 30 minutes put the timer on set it for 3o minutes?


Do you know - What happens in 30 minutes? “Mission Maker Magazine”, page 18, Edition 2008, (

7,764 souls began life in the world

3,444 souls meet Jesus face-to-face

3,420 baptisms occurred in foreign mission

$1,311,888 dollars were given to foreign missions

$1,368,924 dollars were embezzled from Christian funds by leaders

10,896 people migrated internationally

402 children became homeless or family-less

2,275 rural poor migrated to cities

1,140 people moved into urban slums

68 people began supporting themselves only by collecting garbage

1,375 children under age five died from preventable starvation related causes

22 million was given to all Christian causes (3% from Christian incomes)

10 Christians died for their faith witness

Thesis: Solomon tells us that timing is everything in life and life goes through many stages and we need to know what time it is.

Ecclesiastes 3

1 There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

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.

9What does the worker gain from his toil? 10I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

15 Whatever is has already been,

and what will be has been before;

and God will call the past to account.

16And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,

in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

17I thought in my heart,

“God will bring to judgment

both the righteous and the wicked,

for there will be a time for every activity,

a time for every deed.”

18I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

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