<img class="alignleft wp-image-55479 size-thumbnail" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/08\/Pulpit-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" \/>By Wayne Moore\r\n\r\nPastor, High Point Baptist Church\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>Ecclesiastes 3:1-8<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>To every thing there is a season,<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>And a time to every purpose under the heaven:<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to be born, and a time to die;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to kill, and a time to heal;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to break down, and a time to build up;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to weep, and a time to laugh;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to mourn, and a time to dance;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to get, and a time to lose;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to keep, and a time to cast away;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to rend, and a time to sew;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time to love, and a time to hate;<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>A time of war, and a time of peace.<\/strong>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIn King Solomon\u2019s magnificent poem, he makes no moral judgments concerning the emotions and activities he lists, just observations. If you continue reading beyond his poem, Solomon seems frustrated that he cannot understand how all of these times and seasons fit into God\u2019s eternal plan. He does not question God\u2019s sovereignty or wisdom, but they are no comfort to him. Instead of trusting God and resting in His sovereignty and wisdom, he responds negatively. Even though he recognizes that God \u201chath made everything beautiful in his time,\u201d he still feels that "there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And, also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor; it is the gift of God.\u201d (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13) That\u2019s it; that\u2019s God\u2019s gift. Just enjoy what you can because that\u2019s all you get.\r\n\r\nIn my opinion, this is a poor response to the contrasting emotions and happenings of life. God has so much more to give.<strong> \u201cFor God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.\u201d<\/strong> (John 3:16; emphasis mine) <strong>\u201cThe GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.\u201d<\/strong> (Romans 6:23; emphasis mine).\r\n\r\nThe Apostle Paul gives us a better example to follow. Faced with the same dilemma of not being able to understand all the ways of God, he exalts God rather than being exasperated<strong>. \u201cO the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!\u00a0For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.\u201d<\/strong> (Romans 11:33, 36)\r\n\r\nLife is full of ups and downs, good and bad. Let me dissuade you from becoming discouraged, and persuade you to put your faith in Christ. Don\u2019t take the attitude that, \u201cI can\u2019t understand or change anything, so I\u2019m just going to live it up until I die.\u201d A much better choice is to trust in Jesus and enjoy God\u2019s blessings.\r\n\r\nThe reason life seems good at times is because God created everything good (Genesis 1-2). The reason life seems like a curse sometimes is because man rebelled against God and brought the curse upon the earth (Genesis 3). You can\u2019t enjoy God\u2019s blessings to the fullest without God, and you can\u2019t escape the curse without Christ. So, turn from your sinful, selfish life. Obey the Holy Spirit and come to God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son. The Bible says, <strong>\u201cThat if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.\u201d<\/strong> (Romans 10:9)\r\n\r\nWith Christ in charge of your life, you can enjoy the earthly blessings of God without being discouraged by the curse of sin. With eternity in heaven in view, you can enjoy the temporary blessings of earth. The answer is not to leave God out of your life but to exalt Him in your life. I\u2019m praying you do.