January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
The wise author of Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 understands time quite differently from the way it is understood today. He makes it clear that time should not be a tyrant that demanded all our allegiance. Writing after the Babylonian exile, he knows that life can be complicated sometimes. Therefore, he is realistic about the fact that one should not always look at life through rose-colored glasses. Some would say he may even be a cynic, because 38 times during the course of the book he says, “All is vanity.” But he really is a wise man who recognizes the various seasons of life, and that therefore, “there is nothing better for men to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God” (3:12-13). Today well-lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Enjoy every moment of every season of life as a gift from God!