To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Life changes pretty rapidly sometimes. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all the changes and other times…like when you’re waiting for the last day of school…life seems like it’s taking forever to change.
The writer of these Bible verses understood that life changes rapidly and that there are certain rhythms or cycles to it. We are subject to these changes over which we have little control. We learn to work within the rhythms of life. We learn the times we need to plant if we want good crops and we work within the right seasons to make that crop thrive. For example if we wanted to grow a good crop of corn it wouldn’t work too well if we planted that corn in August. So we, as humans, have to learn to change and adapt.
The writer ends these verses with the contrast between war and peace. War does not last forever, neither does peace…but a true peace, a peace that passes all comprehension and can be our rock in times of trouble is only found in through Jesus Christ. And his offer of peace is available to all that believe in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins.