Life and time. What is time? Time is the way we measure events and the passing moments of our lives. Time is completely irretrievable. Once a unit of time has passed, it can’t be recaptured or reversed. So we must make the most of the time we have (Swindoll, 2013).
Ecclesiastes, comes from Hebrew word which means to gather, to assemble. It is the gatherer or “The Preacher” who is best known for its thematic statement that all is vanity. 1.1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. The Hebrew word translated vanity literally means breath or vapor (NISB). The Preacher called into question the most basic issues of existence.
So what’s the matter of life and time?
Consider the present State of Mankind (1.1-18). Consider your earthly End (2.1-24). Consider your eternal destination (3.1-22) 3.1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.
What time is it for you? In what season of life do you find yourself? Is it tragic, unfair, or beautiful? Are you still searching for meaning and purpose “under the sun”? Do you invest all of your time, talents, and treasures in some uncertain future when you believe you’ll finally reap the rewards, or do you treat each day as a unique gift to be enjoyed and used to God’s glory?
Solomon underscored the dilemma by concluding that: “Life is uncertain; put your hope in God.”