To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
Hopefully, everyone knows this scripture.
Pete Seeger took these words and wrote them into a song in the late 1950s. The song did not become popular until The Byrd’s in 1965. I remember the song.
Solomon declares a time for everything that happens. Some of the things are not so pleasant like death, hate, killing, and war.
A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what 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; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, 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.
This list of timely things is man-made. Solomon goes on to say, “I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
There is nothing pleasant about death, killing, hatred, or war.
Please remember Solomon is discovering the vanity of things. Man’s time of things is vanity.
That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past. Ecclesiastes 3:15
You will give an account to God of what you did with the time He gave you.
Don’t waste time.