Is this a time to tear down, or a time to build up?
** Special thanks to Elle, who suggested this post.
Throughout history, we have found King Solomon’s words to be true:
Ecc 3:1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecc 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
Ecc 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecc 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Ecc 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
Ecc 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Ecc 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecc 3:11 He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.
How amazing is the last verse!
Every time is beautiful, no matter what emotion or experience it brings!
Each time has its own beauty, when God is at work.
We may only see the dark side, but the light of God is there, for us to discover, and ponder upon.
So, in all things, we must not trust our senses, but put our faith in God.
Is it possible for us to experience opposite events at the same time?
Can we be born and die at the same time?
How can we plant and harvest at the same time?
How is it possible to weep and laugh simultaneously? Mourn and dance?
Losing and keeping, keeping silent, yet speaking?
Love and hate? War and peace?
This is impossible to have at the same time, it seems!
Maybe the secret to seeing God’s handiwork, and grabbing hold of the positive during negative times, is to understand what is on the horizon, according to God’s word.
Spiritual level interpretation
We can die to ourselves, and be reborn as God’s children. We can lose one love and find another.
We can peace in the middle of a war.
There are times when silence speaks the loudest.
And sometimes, we can plant the seed of the Word of God, and since it falls upon good soil, it quickly brings forth a harvest.
But, what about the physical world?
In one generation, Jesus said we would see the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of another world that we can barely imagine.
It will be a time of victory for evil.
Yet the wonder of a new earth full of holiness is right around the corner.
It will be a time of war to end all wars.
Yet the power of God will end the final war, and the lion will lie down with the lamb.
It will be a time of mourning for all believers, as they face persecution, and threat of death.
Yet, it will be a time of joy, because their salvation draws nigh!
It will be a time when we lose everything we have, yet we gain the kingdom on earth.
We will be hated, but must give love in return.
Something new is being born on the earth.
The time of man is converging with the time of the Father.
The plans of man are ending, and God’s plans are taking over.
It is a time of transition.
Satan is taking his last stand (time of getting), but will lose (time of losing) to our Messiah.
How do I respond?
I really can feel myself weeping and laughing at the same time.
There is sorrow and joy ahead.
I live in anticipation. My future will come, and I will go outside to greet it.
So, when I see darkness come, I will see the light behind the clouds.
So, when I lose even more, I will rejoice, because the time for those needs is over.
When war comes, I will hold my breath in awe, because I will see the peace that follows.
When others fear, I will comfort them with the assurance of the Holy Spirit.
When they come to arrest and kill me for my faith, I will go in victory, because I am finally giving my greatest gift, my life, for the ONE I love.
I have need of nothing now, except the presence of my Savior.
So, when my heart breaks over those unsaved loved ones, I will cry with joy, because their deliverance and salvation draw nigh!
For, I know that my rivers of sorrow will turn into streams of joy.
It will be a time to tear down, and time to build, a time to die, and a time to be re-born, a time to mourn and a time to laugh and dance.
He is my Desire……..make HIM yours.
I know my Redeemer lives. And through every trial, He will make a way for me. –
May God bless you, and keep you, in the days ahead.