Seasons and Activities-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiaste 3:1-8 “Per tutto c’è il suo tempo, c’è il suo momento per ogni cosa sotto il cielo: un tempo per nascere e un tempo per morire, un tempo per piantare e un tempo per sradicare ciò che è piantato, un tempo per uccidere e un tempo per guarire, un tempo per demolire e un tempo per costruire; un tempo per piangere e un tempo per ridere, un tempo per fare cordoglio e un tempo per ballare, un tempo per gettar via pietre e un tempo per raccoglierle, un tempo per abbracciare e un tempo per astenersi dagli abbracci;un tempo per cercare e un tempo per perdere, un tempo per conservare e un tempo per buttar via, un tempo per strappare e un tempo per cucire, un tempo per tacere e un tempo per parlare; un tempo per amare e un tempo per odiare, un tempo per la guerra e un tempo per la pace.”
 
     From beginning to end, life is a series of activities. Solomon lists seven pairs of activities that everyone faces in life. Each set is composed of opposites and is meant to demonstrate that there is a season of time in every person’s life. Quite intentionally they each begin and end with life and death issues (“to be born and to die, for war and a time for peace.”). The word “activity” in verse 1 comes from a Hebrew concept of “a deliberate desire” and is always used in connection with people. We might say that other than the spectrum to be born and to die, everything in between is a choice and should have a season of time. They are divided into categories of external activities (v. 2-3), emotional activities (v. 4), relational activities (v. 5) and perceptive activities (v. 6-7). By perceptive activities, Solomon is referring to the wisdom of knowing what to do and not do, and when to act and not act.
    Solomon closes out this poetic formula with two great extremes: love and hate which culminates in war and peace (v. 8). The world we live in is filled with people who have chosen a “deliberate desire” to love or to hate. We have all faced the activities of love and hate; perhaps not necessarily in the grand scale of national endeavors but more so in personal thoughts and desires. As you deal with the seasonal activities of your life, ask God to fill you with His desires.
Pray with me: Lord, during the span of time that I have been given by You, help me to not stay locked into one season of life but have the strength to move through the external, emotional, relational and perceptive activities with Your wisdom.


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