Taking A Ride

Ups and Downs #1

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

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.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 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.

12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

14 I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
15 That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.

We can’t control everything (v. 1-8)

We will have ups and downs in our lives that are beyond our control

We can’t understand everything (v. 9-11)

“… no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (v. 11)

We can obey God (v. 12)

Our responsibility and satisfaction comes from obeying God

“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives” (v. 12)

We can enjoy God’s gifts (v. 13)

God has given us a lot and we can enjoy all that we have

“… every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is a gift of God” (v. 13)

We can trust God (v. 14-15)

Our confidence is in God

“I know that whatever God does,

It shall be forever …” (v. 14)

Conclusion:  We can’t and don’t need to control or understand every circumstance, but we must accept God’s blessings with a joyful heart and live for Him in reverence and love as we trust Him.

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