Times and Seasons
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song in the late 1950s that became a classic folk-rock hit in the 1960s: “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Many fans were unaware that most of the lyrics were taken from the first eight verses of Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV). Seeger wrote the song as an anthem to world peace, focusing on Solomon’s last words: “A time of war, and a time of peace,” (verse 8) adding his own final refrain, “I swear it’s not too late.”
Solomon’s plea was for more than just peace. It was a plea to recognize that there is a time and a season for everything in God’s plan and purpose. The point is not to understand the timing of every season and circumstance in life, but to trust God when they arrive: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The apostle Paul didn’t get upset when God changed his missionary plans (Acts 16:6-10). He trusted God and adjusted as God gave direction, as should we.
Tell God today: “Lord, I trust You for this season of my life and every season that is to come.”
All the care in the world will not make us continue a minute beyond the time God has appointed.
~ J. C. Ryle ~