“We can’t control the times, but God can, and we can trust him.”

September 2, 2018

The Preacher tells us that there is a time for everything, but we rarely think of time that way. We like to think of time as something we control by filling the minutes with whatever we’d like. Instead, the Preacher shows us that we can’t control the times and seasons we go through in life. The only one with any real control is God. But we can find joy when we embrace God’s control, knowing that he uses it for our good even when we can’t see it. Instead of wishing we were in a different season, the Preacher teaches us to respond wisely to the season we are in.

Application Questions

  1. How do you think about time in your life? How does the poem in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 challenge that view?
  2. Are there ways you fight against the “times” in your life? How have you experienced the way God has put “eternity in your heart,” and how has it conflicted with your desire to figure everything out?
  3. How does the gospel help you trust God’s control over the times?
  4. What about God’s control over your times comforts you? What about it challenges you? How can you look for God in the time he’s put you in now?  

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Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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