July 17, 2017
Everything Is Not Meaningless
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
We see that we have no control of the day we are born. We have no control of who we are born to. We have no control over our gender. We have no control over the way we look, when we are born. All of these things are destined of God. I could go on and on.
We have no control over whether we are born into a wealthy family, or a poverty stricken family. All of these things are determined of God. We do not have control of the time of our death either.
3:1 A season – A certain time appointed by God, which no human mind or action can alter. And by virtue of this appointment of God, all changes that happen in the world, whether comforts or calamities, come to pass. This is here added to prove the principal proposition: All things on earth are changeable – and happiness is not to be found in them – because of their great uncertainty, mutability, and transitoriness and because they are so much out of the reach and power of men and wholly in the disposal of God.
Purpose – Not only natural, but even the voluntary actions of men, are ordered and disposed by God. But it must be considered that he does not here speak of a time allowed by God, wherein all the following things may lawfully be done, but only of a time fixed by God, in which they are actually done.
It is not that “everything happens for a reason”; rather, “everything happens for God’s reason.”