A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: A time for everything


The son of King David was King Solomon, to whom God gave the gift of wisdom. He wrote:

Image of hourglass available through Creative CommonsThere is a time for everything,
an appropriate time for everything in life:
there is a proper time to be born and to die,
a time to initiate things and to end them,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to destroy and a time to create,
a time to be sad and a time to be joyful,
a time to mourn and a time to rejoice,
a time to scatter stones and a time to build them up,
a time to embrace others and a time to keep your distance,
a time to search and a time to abandon searching,
a time to keep belongings and a time to discard them,
a time to rend and a time to mend,
a time to keep silence and a time to speak out,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time to wage war and a time to make peace.

God has made all things beautiful in their own time. He has set eternity itself in people’s hearts – yet they cannot understand what God has done - and will do - from the beginning of time to its end today.   

The passage illustrates:

  • The importance of accepting the passage of time and that God is in control
  • The need to understand God’s bigger perspective
  • God’s knowledge of human nature. 

Related Topics

Big Ideas: Wisdom and foolishness

Bible References

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
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