“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Solomon’s exhortation in Ecclesiastes relates to our times and seasons and he wants us to understand that there is an appointed time for everything. As there was a set time for our birth, there is also a set time for us to depart from this earth. Two things are certain which is a time to be born and a time to die.
What then is the purpose of life and what do we do with the time that we have been given. Since none of us know for sure how many days we have and when our end is, we live everyday like it’s our last day and we live according to purpose. There are some bible prophets who knew when their time had come to die like Jesus who knew when he would be crucified. Some of us may have a greater insight into our times and season but the majority of us do not know exactly how long our season will last.
Paul’s caution in Ephesians is to, “make the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). We can see the manifestation of evil all around us and the enemy is busy with destruction and ruin. We have to work hard to complete our assignment while we still have time because when the end comes then we will no longer have the time to work.
Our primary duty is to fear God and keep his commandments, to show love, mercy and compassion and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do not wait to tell the people around you about the good news of salvation because who knows how much time we have left. “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2-3).