Many years ago I was listening to my transistor radio, remember those, when a song came on by the Byrd’s. It was “Turn, Turn, Turn”, my dad said to me, “That song is from the Bible.” Immediately I ran to the huge Family Bible that sat on our coffee table, you know the one, the Bible everyone looks at but is afraid to touch it or sit anything on top of! Though it took me a long time to find Ecclesiastes, there in chapter 3 were the words to this great song. I read on! As a youngster none of this made any sense. In fact, it wasn’t until I was in my forties, where did that decade go, before I understood what Solomon was talking about.
In Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 “I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Setting eternity in your heart allows you to grasp that life is short and meant to be lived with forever in mind. This is difficult because you dwell in the temporal, yet God wants you to focus on the eternal.
In Psalm 90 Moses says to “number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom” the fact is you make better decisions when you know your time has limits. Paul tells us to recognize life as a vapor, James calls it a mist, either way you only have so much time on this earth. Make the most of it! Hug the ones you love, be thankful for opportunities that come from above, and walk away from the negatives that can cause harm. (Did you really think I was going to make the last part rhyme?) I am a pastor not a poet!!!
Finally, live Everlasting to Everlasting with God in the middle. Have your life fit into His big story. God has a plan for you, He wants you to walk by faith until you step into eternity. Your Lord has truly made everything beautiful in its time.
Wish I still had that transistor radio, wonder if “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly was from Leviticus? Probably not!