Ecclesiastes means “one who convenes an assembly.” In other translations, Ecclesiastes is sometimes translated “preacher.” The book of Ecclesiastes is often grouped with Proverbs because it teaches wisdom.
The central theme of Ecclesiastes is that life is in vain if not God centered.
In Ecclesiastes chapter 3, we learn that both the righteous and evil pass through good times and bad. The wise and foolish both may have bad events happen to them. Just because you follow the commandments doesn’t mean you are free from pain.
However, those that make God central in their lives will be happier though trials.
By saying that everything has a season, the preacher here is suggesting that there are certain events that happen to everyone.
You will pass through good times. You will pass though bad times.
When times are bad, just wait, because soon enough times will be good.
And that is an encouraging thought.
Today’s Verse in Context: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13…
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.