Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything. However, it seems we have been stuck in one time, “a time to die”. We have experienced death on so many levels that metaphorically speaking, when I look out, all I see is brown grass, dirt, and weeds. People are dying, dreams are dying, hopes are diminished, and futures are desolate. Much of the country is in a drought naturally, and it seems spiritually many are experiencing a drought as well.
We have set our sights on the death of the economy, dying morals, and desecrated markets. In the midst of all of this, we have forgotten that there is a cycle to life. The Bible tells us that there is a season for all, and a time for everything. I do not promote living in a fantasy, neither do I promote living in death eternally. Some have allowed their natural environment to shape their spiritual progress, or lack thereof. This is not the plan of God for your lives, “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.” Though this natural world appears to be going to “hell in a hand basket,” we do not go into combat naturally. We are to use the weapons of God. Those weapons that are mighty, “to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Therefore, when your life’s circumstances declare death, cast down the imagination and “every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” This means you have to remember what God has already stated and promised. God’s word declares in Psalm 118:17 that “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” In 3 John 1:2, it is wished that we “prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Don’t trust and depend upon what you are able to see, because according to 2 Corinthians 4:18, we are to look at those things we cannot see, because the things we see are temporary, but eternal, everlasting, things are not seen with the natural eye. Our focal point is on the eternal, those things that mean the most to Christ.
I would encourage you to focus on the very next “time” mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:2, “a time to plant.” Let us plant love, let us plant our dreams, let us plant hope, and let us plant our futures again. God never meant for us to stay in one stage forever, that’s why there is a TIME for everything. Don’t get stuck in the death of life. Plant. Give life to something.
God has destined each and every one of us for greatness. Your greatness may not look like my greatness, but if I plant the seed that God has given to me, I will reap the harvest if I do not faint. We must wait on the season, or time, and we have to be mindful not to be weary as we do well (Galatians 6:9).