How can this situation help me if it’s only hurting me? I know you’ve asked yourself this question before because I certainly have (so many times!) It’s really easy to give thanks to God during victories, blessings, and accomplishments and acknowledge that He is behind these situations. However, it can be difficult to grasp that the same God who blesses you also allows moments of sadness, breaking down, and mourning in your life. But, why? What is the purpose behind this? Well in today’s post, we’re going to dive into scripture to study how God made EVERYTHING beautiful in it’s time.
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A TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. (NKJV)
Before we can jump into discussing how God made everything beautiful in its time, we need to be aware that God has given every situation and purpose on this earth a specific time and season. There is a time for absolutely everything done on earth.
Every purpose on this earth has a given time.
Every situation on this earth has a given time.
And everything includes good situations, bad situations, and anything in between.
The same way there is a time for situations that lift you up, there’s also a time for situations that break you down. There’s a time for everything. That’s why it’s impossible to only to experience one side when God has made a time for everything.
HOW GOD MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN IT’S TIME
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1. TIME TO BE BORN & DIE
Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die. (NKJV)
There is a time to be born and there is a time to die.
No one can control this or stop this time. We don’t choose to be born and we most certainly don’t know when it all ends. God shows us that the same way we are physically born, there is a time for new beginnings in our lives.
There is a time to start over and be born again in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)
But, endings are also important and necessary.
In order to be born again in Christ (experience the victory that comes with this), it’s necessary to die to ourselves and die to our sinful nature.
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
2. TIME TO PLANT & PLUCK
Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. (NKJV)
There is a time to plant and a time to remove what was planted (pluck!) There is a time to plant seeds in our life – God’s Word, Fruit of the Spirit, etc. Although planting seems all fun and joy, it’s not always easy. Planting requires sacrifice and persistence.
But God says, there is a time to do this. A time to plant and wait to reap.
Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (NKJV)
Now for the seeds that have been planted can grow beautifully in a garden, there also needs to be some plucking done. The same way that God plants good seeds in our life, the enemy also tries to plant his seeds to destroy our garden (our life). That’s why there’s also a time to pluck and remove any seed that doesn’t come from God.
Matthew 15:13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. (NKJV)
3. TIME TO HEAL & DESTROY
Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal. (NKJV)
There is also a time to kill (destroy) and a time to heal.
There are things in our life that we must destroy in order to heal. And there are things in our life that we must heal from in order to destroy before they destroy us.
THE EXAMPLE OF JOSEPH
Joseph had to heal from what his brothers did to him (tried to kill him and sold him) in order to not let resentment and bitterness destroy his life. He healed from his past and destroyed those painful memories by forgiving them and moving on.
Genesis 45: 1-2 Then Joseph could not hide his feelings in front of all who stood by him. He cried, “Send all the people away from me.” So no one was with him when Joseph told his brothers who he was. He cried so loud that the Egyptians heard it, and those of Pharaoh’s house heard of it. (NKJV)
Genesis 45:5 But do not be troubled or angry with yourselves because you sold me here. For God sent me before you to save your life. (NKJV)
4. TIME TO BUILD UP & BREAK DOWN
Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to break down, and a time to build up. (NKJV)
There is a time to be built up (grow), and a time to break down. God allows us to go through situations that built us up, edify us, and help us grow as a person. But he also allows hardships to break us down with a good purpose.
THE EXAMPLE OF JOB
There was a season in Job’s life where God was building him up, blessing him, and prospering him beyond measure. Everything seemed to be going so well.
However, soon after, God allowed a season of hardships to approach Job’s life.
It was time for him to break down.
Job lost everything he had and even became very ill. The worst that could have happened to Job, happened. However, Job didn’t blame God for his suffering or despise this season in His life. Instead, He recognized that it was God who had blessed him and taken away the blessings he had given him at one point.
He understood that nothing can happen without God’s permission.
Job 1: 21-22 He said, “Without clothing I was born from my mother, and without clothing I will return. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Praise the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or blame God. (NKJV)
And at the end of this season, Job was able to understand the purpose behind this time of breakdown. Breaking down was necessary for Job to really know God. He had to break down in order to build a more personal and intimate relationship with God.
Job 42:5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. (NKJV)
5. TIME TO LAUGH & CRY
Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh. (NKJV)
As much as we would all like to be laughing all the time, God has also made a time to cry. There is a time to laugh (woo-hoo), but there is also a time to cry (boo-hoo). God goes to show us that tears are just as necessary in our life as laughs are.
THE EXAMPLE OF HANNAH
Before having Samuel:
1 Samuel 1:6-7 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. (NKJV)
After having Samuel:
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. (NKJV)
Although God blessed Hannah greatly by making her the mother of Samuel, the prophet, God allowed her to endure a hard season of crying, waiting, and more crying. Hannah had to wait on God patiently as she watched her rival give her husbands kids.
As painful as this season was for Hannah, it was necessary.
Hannah had to go through this season, drop those tears, and cling on to God’s promises in order to obtain this blessing from God. God didn’t want to hurt her. He wanted Hannah to learn how to trust in him, wait in him, and depend on him.
Without this season, Hannah wouldn’t have known what it is to depend on God.
6. TIME TO DANCE & MOURN
Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to mourn, and a time to dance. (NKJV)
There is also a time to dance and a time to mourn. Mourning may be one of the strongest expressions of sadness and internal suffering a human can feel. While on the other hand, dance may be one of the best forms to express happiness. Although mourning and dancing are opposites of each other, God has made a time for both.
Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (NKJV)
Although mourning, sadness, and weeping is inevitable, scripture shows us that as hurtful as this season is, it does not last forever. The next season will always come.
7. TIME TO GATHER & CAST AWAY
Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones. (NKJV)
There is a time to gather stones necessary for building and there is also a time to cast away stones that are not necessary for building. Stones that add unnecessary weight.
In life, we will encounter stones that are necessary for edification:
And we’ll also encounter stones that only help destroy the life we are building:
While gathering stones is necessary in order to grow in Christ, God wants us to let aside every stone that hold us back from walking and growing.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (NKJV)
8. TIME TO EMBRACE & REFRAIN
Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. (NKJV)
God has even made time to hug and time to refrain from hugging.
There are moments in life where hugs are a must to comfort you, lift you up, and express love. And there are moments when you must simply refrain from hugging.
EXAMPLE OF ESAU & JACOB
When Jacob stole Esau’s blessing, Esau was so furious that he wanted to kill his brother. At this point in time, it would’ve been silly for Jacob to hug his brother. A hug would have just provoked Esau and angered him even more.
However, after years passed and Esau forgave his brother for lying, cheating, and stealing his blessing, HE genuinely went up to Jacob and hugged him.
This was the perfect God-given time to embrace.
Genesis 33:4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. (NKJV)
9. TIME TO GAIN & LOSE
Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to gain, and a time to lose. (NKJV)
Hate losing? I do too! But guess what? God has also made a time to lose!
There is a time to gain and there is a time to lose. Although it’s hard to grasp that we won’t always win in life, it’s comforting to know that we won’t always lose either.
EXAMPLE OF MOSES
Because Moses spent a good portion of his life living in the palace and then in Madian, you can say he lost a lot of quality time with his real family. Yes, he spent x many years away from them and missed out on important events. However, those years he spent away from them (the time lost) were necessary for him to prepare for the biggest win the Israelites of that time period were going to experience: freedom.
He needed to lose that time with them in order to gain time with them outside of Egypt. His loss became a win when the Israelites were finally free from slavery.
Exodus 14: 30-31 So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses. (NKJV)
10. TIME TO KEEP & THROW AWAY
Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to keep, and a time to throw away. (NKJV)
There is a time to keep, treasure, and store things. And there is also a time to throw away, get rid of, and destroy things.
What does God ask us to keep?
- Our heart
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (NKJV)
- God’s commandments
Leviticus 22:31 “Therefore you shall keep My commandments, and perform them: I am the Lord. (NKJV)
What does God ask us to throw away?
- Our sinful nature
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (NKJV)
1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. (NKJV)
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (NKJV)
11. TIME TO SEW & TEAR
Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear, And a time to sew. (NKJV)
While there is a time to sew, repair, and mend things, there is also a time to tear, rip, and shred things. Some things are meant to be repaired. Other things are meant to be teared apart. And God has made a time for both.
What should we repair?
- Our relationship with God.
- Our life
- Anything that has been ruined, desolated, and destroyed in us.
Isaiah 61:4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. (NKJV)
What should we tear from our life?
- Our former conduct
- Deceitful lusts
Ephesians 4:22-24 That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (NKJV)
12. TIME TO SPEAK & BE SILENT
Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (NKJV)
There is a time to speak and there is a time to simply stay silent. Not every question, comment, and situation requires a word from you. However, there are times when God wants you to speak and use the voice He has given you.
When should you speak?
- To provide comfort.
Isaiah 50: 4“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. (NKJV)
- To preach the Word.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (NKJV)
- To speak up for the speechless.
Proverbs 31:8 Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. (NKJV)
- To defend your faith.
1 Peter 3: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (NKJV)
- To edify others
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Why is silence also important?
Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. (NKJV)
13. TIME TO LOVE & HATE
Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate. (NKJV)
There is also a time to love and a time to hate. Because God is love, we must live our life loving God, loving others, and remaining in His love. However, there are things that interfere with our relatinship with God that we should despise.
What should we love?
Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. (NKJV)
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (NKJV)
- Following God’s will
Psalm 40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” (NKJV)
- God’s Word
Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. (NKJV)
Psalm 119:140 Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it. (NKJV)
- Being in God’s presence
Psalm 42: 1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
What should we hate?
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. (NKJV)
1 John 3:9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (NKJV)
14. TIME OF PEACE & WAR
Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time of war, and a time of peace. (NKJV)
Lastly, there is a time of peace and a time of war.
We are able to experience real peace in Jesus Christ.
John 14:27 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (NKJV)
However, we must also war against our own flesh, nature, and desires to not sin.
James 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME
Although we may not always understand God’s plans, we can rest assure that God has made everything absolutely beautiful in it’s time. Everything serves it’s purpose.
Ecclesiastes 3: 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (NKJV)
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