“He hath made everything beautiful in his time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
We believe that whatever the Bible says is true. Yet sometimes experiences cause us to question whether certain things are personally relevant. The tension between doctrine and experience is a common test of faith. Solomon’s conclusion that God has made every time beautiful and appropriate is one of those great statements easy to believe in good times and easy to apply to others in their bad times. The key is to believe it during our own bad times. Believing that God has a purpose that embraces everything in life and that His plan is beautiful regardless of its manifestation is the secret to enjoying the life that God has given us.
Solomon leads up to this all-embracing statement by setting forth all the times ordered and ordained by God. Ecclesiastes 3 begins with a list of fourteen pairs of defined times that represent all possible times in life. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens by chance, accident, or fate. Everything, absolutely everything, happens according to God’s design. Our efforts and worries cannot alter His eternal plan for us. Whereas unbelievers may regard themselves as the masters of their fate or the captains of their souls, we as believers know that our times and destinies are not only in God’s good hand; they are part of His infinitely wise plan. Our life is a privilege; our life is God’s purpose. In the good times, we should humbly acknowledge that God has made all times beautiful. In the hard times, we should confidently rest in that beauty. That God is sovereign over the affairs of life is true whether we believe it or not. Believing it is the only thing that gives sense to life.
Quote: We must believe in the grace of sovereignty as well as the sovereignty of grace. – Augustus H. Strong
A: The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own1 and our neighbour’s chastity,2 in heart,3 speech,4 and behaviour.5
1. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour. (1Thessalonians 4:4).
2. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. (Ephesians 5:11-12).
3. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace. (2Timothy 2:22).
4. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt. (Colossians 4:6).
5. While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1Peter 3:2).
The Children's Catechism - History
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