May 24, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 2:11-3:15

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SAA Notes

You will notice that the theme of the Book of Proverbs, wisdom & folly, is the theme of Ecclesiastes too. The section A Time For Everything is very thought provoking.

SJA Notes

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

As we read through Ecclesiastes it can be hard to remember the important truths that the rest of God’s word tells us.

God’s love for His people is steadfast, His faithfulness without end.

What is the purpose for our work?

The only place our work has purpose, true lasting purpose, is within God’s will, His purposes for us.

From the perspective of the temporal, if we only exist in the now – Then purpose can be very hard to seek, to find, and to even see.

Because it is vanity. What we work for will be another’s, either after we die or even within our own lifetime.

So we need a better perspective, a stronger understanding of the reality of time/space/matter, of our created purpose.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

There is a truth here in this verse, a reality to ponder, that can help us in our understanding.

There is worth and value in the now.

Some parts of our life, our experiences, our work, what we do – Their time is _now_.

And they are made beautiful _now_ by our loving God.

Other parts, those of the _not yet_ reality, they are looked forward to – Because their time has not yet come.

And they are beautiful in their time (which we cannot fully see or understand now, but hope and long for).

How good is it then that we have a God who gives us a life that has value in the now _and_ in the not yet!

* Mighty Sovereign Lord,

Your word is true and pure, it has value for us every single day of our lives.

Your word is living and true, a two-edged sword, cutting through to the heart of all things.

Please write Your word on our hearts today and onwards.

Amen.

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