“And there is a time for every event under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
When is the time to love? And what is love? The Preacher writes in Ecclesiastes 3:8 that there is “a time to love and a time to hate…” He goes on to write, “He has planted eternity in the human heart…” (Vs. 11) but, we cannot see into it, so what do we do with the time we have now? Again, the Preacher writes, “people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of our labor, for these are the gifts of God.” (Vs 13)
All these things are true. But, it is the believer’s responsibility to live the time that has been allotted them in a responsible and obedient way. Time and love are eternal truths. They are aspects of a life that takes many turns, it has many ups and downs, but always these two—one pertaining to quantity, the other to quality. One without the other leads to a life of meaninglessness.
Time is endless and it is also illusive. You cannot stop time. You cannot reverse time. We wonder where the time went or wish we could have that time back, neither is possible. The truth is, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never be, all we have is this moment—it is called the present.
God’s Word is all about time. It tells about the time the universe was created…”In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Every day for six days He created it all and called it good. Then on the seventh day He rested. Those seven days have repeated themselves for over 4000 years and will continue as long as God has planned. God’s timing is not our timing, therefore, even though we may have calculated the end of time, it is something we cannot know. Meanwhile, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. (Lev. 19:18 & Deut. 6:5)
Love. This word is so misused in today’s world…we love our cars, houses, jobs, pets…yes they are all important to us and fill our lives with comfort, but love is more than “things.” To love as God commands is all-encompassing, it emanates His love for us, which never ends no matter what horrific deed we have performed—even in the name of love.
Paul writes to the Church at Corinth, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…” (I Corinthians 13:1) He indicates in his writing that without love we are nothing!
This is what love is not:-
Love is not rude, self-seeking, easily angered, keeps no account of wrongs, takes no pleasure in evil…
Now he tells us what love is:-
“Love is patient, love is kind….rejoices in the truth…It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
(I Corinthians 13:4-8)
If you look at this passage carefully and compare it to what God told Moses to say to the Israelites in Leviticus 19:18, you will see it is the same. It is also the same as John’s statement of “God is love.” (I John 7:16) And, if as believers we understand this truth, we are to love others and ourselves likewise, forever and always.
Time and love are eternal truths that begin and end with God. One day God “will make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) He is the beginning and the end—He holds time in one hand and love in the other. To the believer they cannot be separated and are always a part of us. Take the time God has allotted you and live it in love.
Dear Lord, make this day a blessing to you, others, and myself. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17 Ecclesiastes 8:6 Leviticus 19:18
(C) Rev. Betty A Beach-Connell, 2019