How Do I Know?

Timing is everything.  Many of us have heard this said several times.

If you’ve been on this earth as many revolutions as I have, you know just how true this saying is.  A great idea becomes a very bad idea if its not the right time.  Saying something that is true at the wrong time can create a lot of bad feelings and regrets.

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knew all about the importance of timing.  He wrote about it in Ecclesiastes – “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

How do I know the right time?

Some of the activities he lists are easy to figure out – “a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Others are not as easy – “a time to search and a time to give up”.  How can I be sure it’s time to give up?  With my personality, I have no trouble persevering, the question is when to give up.

“A time to keep and a time to throw away”.  Some people never think it’s time to throw away.  I am a semi-minimalist so I like to give away things I’m not using.

“A time to be silent and a time to speak”.  I wish I got the timing right on this one more often.

As I read King Solomon’s list, I realize how much wisdom I need if I’m going to get the timing right for many of these ‘activities under heaven’.  And I’m thankful that I know where to get that wisdom.  God clearly tells us in the first chapter of James that he generously gives wisdom to everyone who asks for it.

I know where to go to get the answers for some of these very tough questions about timing.  I have learned to ask God to move when it’s the right time.  And then I watch and wait and do what I already know to do until God shows me that now is the time – his time.

Thank you, Abba Father

Meaningless

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, ” completely meaningless.”

Do you ever feel that way?

Obviously this emotion is spreading rapidly through our culture today as we see the suicide rates and mass shootings multiply.  To many people, tomorrow seems to be meaningless and not worth sticking around for.

“What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? ” asked King Solomon, the Teacher.  He was the wisest man who ever lived and he wrote Ecclesiastes.

“I observed everything going on under the sun and, really, it is all meaningless – like chasing the wind.”

Pretty depressing, isn’t it?

The futility of pleasure – fleeting and never gives us lasting  contentment.

The meaninglessness of work –  we put so much effort into work that we leave behind to others who have not worked for it.

The injustices of life – evil is very real.

The futility of wealth – those who love money will never have enough.

The limits of human wisdom – “wisdom is difficult to find.”

Death comes to all – “the same destiny (of death) awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad.”

Solomon’s final conclusions are that we should enjoy life while obeying God – real freedom and happiness come exclusively from him.  Evil and injustice will always in a part of life on earth.  We should live in faith knowing God wins in the end and will judge all things.  We are responsible for our own actions in relation to the evil of this world.

Meaning and purpose will only be found by being faithful to God.

That alone is not meaningless.

Thank you for giving my life meaning and purpose, Abba Father.