From the Book of Ecclesiastes:

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; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace (Eccl. 3:1-8).

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; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace (Eccl. 3:1-8).

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 contains one of the three most well known sections of Scripture from the Word of God. Along with John 3:16 and Psalm 23, the verses of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 are instantly recognizable to believers and non-believers alike. They have been quoted at births and sickbeds, weddings and funerals. We have heard them restated in countless poems and songs. One of the reasons we continue to read through the entire Word of God year after year is that we know that God will shine a light on the Scripture in different ways at different times. Even when we have read something a hundred times before, it can impart to us new insights on the 101st reading. We must always remember that the Word of God is alive and working in our lives. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe (I Thess. 2:13).

Today's verses have much to say to us about the changes that are a constant part of life. Although the life of a human being is short, it encompasses many seasons. God is forever the same, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Heb. 13:8), but this same truth does not apply to us. Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear to us that His plans for us will manifest differently at different times. Because of this, the direction that our life is headed in one day can suddenly zoom off to the left the next, but this does not mean that our lives should be in a state of constant emotional upheaval. As long as we grant God the control, He will guide us through the changes with peace and surety.

Although it is human nature to resist change, it is also quite pointless. Fighting it will not in any way preserve what we fear losing, but it will knock us off God's path. Change may be small or great, but we must have faith that our Father is in complete control of the time, the place, and the situation. If a change is coming from God, we should move forward boldly and with confidence, knowing that the Lord is going on before us illuminating the path.

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me (Matt. 19:21).

Thought for Today:

Life's greatest rewards go to those who meditate on the Word of God and live by its principles.

Christ Revealed:

As God, the true Source of wisdom, and knowledge, and joy – the One who truly satisfies (Eccl. 2:26). We have the mind of Christ which is wisdom, knowledge, and joy (I Cor. 2:16; see also Luke 21:15; John 15:11; Rom. 15:14).

Word Studies:

1:13 sore travail = grievous task; 1:17 madness and folly = the ways of the foolish; vexation of spirit = very unsatisfying; grasping after the wind; 2:21 in equity = with skill; portion = inheritance.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Chris Robison • Government Official: Rep. Mark Meadows (NC) • Country: Turks and Caicos Islands (49,070) North Atlantic Ocean • Major Language: English • Limited Religious Freedom • 72.8% Protestant; 11.4% Roman Catholic; 1.8% Jehovah's Witness; 14% Other • Prayer Suggestion: Pray that God will keep you from speaking evil (Ps. 34:13).

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries