I have been preaching a series through the book of Ecclesiastes at our church. The primary thesis of the book is: Apart from God, everything we pursue and accomplish in life is ultimately meaningless. This week we find ourselves in Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, in which the teacher (most likely Solomon) asserts that:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
What the teacher wants us to understand is that there is an appropriate or right time for every human event and activity. We are told in verse 11, that God has sovereignly set time in place, and everything that happens is in some way, form or shape a piece in the grand masterpiece of his eternal purpose. He goes on to say that God has placed within each of us a desire to understand how our lives fit into the grand scheme his plan, but that God has also limited man’s ability to fully comprehend the correlation. At first, this seems a bit confusing and even a bit unfair. However, the teacher says:
I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear (stand in awe or worship) before him.
Although God gives us the desire to figure out how our lives fit in the grand purpose of God, the fact that he has set limits on our ability to fulfill this desire is not meant to frustrate us, but to lead us to stand in awe before our sovereign God. What we should conclude from this is:
Every minute of your life counts for eternity: from the mundane task of eating and drinking to the most impressive of achievements. God has sovereignly set time in palace and every human event and activity serves to fulfill his eternal purpose: the joyful worship of his people for his ultimate glory.
Do you view even the most mundane activities in your life as counting for the eternal purposes of God? Do you at times wonder how your life fits into the grand masterpiece of God’s glorious purpose? If so, I encourage you not to grow frustrated with your limited ability to figure it out, but instead allow yourself to worship our sovereign God who has seen fit to allow you to be involved in his wonderful and eternal work, and seek to glorify him in every activity you find yourself involved in.