by Rex Yancey

What Time Is It?
Rex Yancey
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

One of my friends woke up one morning and told his wife that the new time was killing him. She said, "Honey, it doesn't change for two more weeks!" The older I get the more I can identify with his pain.
Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes said "There is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven." He stresses the importance of time and its relationship to every aspect of human life.
King Solomon was trying to make some sense of life. I expect all of us have been closet philosophers at some point in our lives. I thought about majoring in history until I realized there was no future in it. One man thought he would be a butcher until he realized he couldn't hack it!
These first eight verses are some of the most popular verses in the Bible. These verses have been the subject of poems, songs, and quotes. They are verses that hit us where we live.
He talks about birth and death. These are the two book ends of life. Man had better be careful when it comes to tinkering with either one of them. I don't think the writer had abortion and euthanasia in mind when he wrote this.
He talks about planting and harvesting. There is a time to sow seed and a time to gather the harvest into the barn. I love it when someone comes up to me and reminds me that God used me to touch their lives. Many times I don't remember them or when they encountered God.
There is a time for dying and a time for healing. Why do some get well and others do not? This is one of the great mysteries of life. I have witnessed the deaths of some good people. I have witnessed the healing of some notorious characters.
There is a time for tearing down and a time for building up. I visited Megiddo, in Israel, many years ago. I was informed that fifteen cities had been built in that one spot over the centuries.
He talks about weeping and laughing. Life is a roller coaster ride. Some of you are laughing today because you are ce ...

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