What Time Is It?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

     What time does the meeting start?  I do not have time to tackle that job.  How much time will it take?  Do not waste your time on that project.  Is it time to go?  Time out!  What time is supper?

     Time has a way of coming up in many of our conversations each day.  Our particular culture is exceedingly aware of time.  Most of you will glance at your watch or phones on more than one occasion during a sermon, a conversation, or in the middle of a job at work.  When I preach on Sunday morning, the closer we inch to noon the more concerned the congregation becomes about me wrapping up the message in a timely fashion.

     In the midst of Solomon’s problems over the futility of life, the matter of time arose.  As it did, the Lord provided some insight in Ecclesiastes 3 that is often cited outside the Judeo-Christian tradition.  These words have been and still are popular with politicians, poets, speakers, and teachers.  God reminds us there is a time for everything under the sun.  Some of those times will be exciting and amazing while other times will leave us spent, drained and emotionally empty.  What time is it?  Yes, it is probably later than you think, but until we take our last breath, there will be many more unique times to experience.