A Season for Everything. A Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

– Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Thought on Today’s Verse:

Many of us often feel distressed for our plans are disorganized by the emergency. So what should we do when plans cannot keep up with changes?

I used to like making plans. I once thought I could keep working in the sales department, however, I was laid off from my company. Later, I went to another city, and thought I could settle down there. But then my parents were sick, so I quit my job and went back home to look after them, and found a new job in my hometown. When talking with my friends, many of them said that their plans couldn’t keep up with changes. They used to plan for their future, but in reality, things always happened out of expectation. This reminded me of a verse in the Bible, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc 3:1). From this verse, I came to understand that God has predestined our entire life. What families we are born into, what jobs we have, what talents we possess, and even the things that happen in a second are all held in God’s hands. We can make plans for our lives, but we can’t escape God’s sovereignty. If we desire to cast off God’s sovereignty and take our fate into our own hands, what we have done can only make us sink into pain.

When I was practicing spiritual devotions, I saw a passage, “And faced with such realities people can never achieve satisfaction or contentment. Some people will even go to any length imaginable, will put forth great efforts and make great sacrifices for the sake of their livelihoods and future, in attempt to change their own fate. But in the end, even if they can realize their dreams and desires by means of their own hard work, they can never change their fates, and no matter how doggedly they try they can never exceed what destiny has allotted them. Regardless of differences in ability, IQ, and willpower, people are all equal before fate, which makes no distinction between the great and the small, the high and the low, the exalted and the mean. What occupation one pursues, what one does for a living, and how much wealth one amasses in life are not decided by one’s parents, one’s talents, one’s efforts or one’s ambitions, but are predetermined by the Creator.

When we know how to submit to God’s sovereignty, not only will we no longer feel distressed about the unexpected things in our lives, but also we can know God’s wonderful deeds from them.

Extended Reading:

Life Could Be So Beautiful

Happiness is Not What We Possess, But What We Pursue


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