Reflection from Rev Ken Connor
Lent is a time to grow.
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
In this opening verse of Ecclesiastes 3, we have an introduction to a series of verses in which we see time viewed from a human perspective as an orderly concept.
So many verses in scripture come back to the foundational truth that God knows best and wants us to trust Him in all things, and at all times. So, there is an appointed time – or “season” – for everything. And there is a time for every activity or event – or as the KJV says, “purpose” – under the sun. Everything that happens on earth has an appointed time.
This verse is a simple, yet timely reminder, that we are to live by faith. It was King Solomon who made this observation that God had established specific times and predetermined seasons, which influence the affairs of our own individual lives and affects everything that takes place, down through the annals of history.
Lent is one of these seasons, a period of time, an opportunity to take the time out, to read, reflect, to be still, to pray and to prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
A time for growth in our relationship with God. May this time and season be a fruitful one for you.
Thank You, Father, that You know the end from the beginning and that everything under heaven is within Your authority. Thank You, that You are in control of all that is happening in my own individual life and the wider world in general. May I trust You through all the circumstances of life and as I seek Your face in prayer and praise, may I learn more and more to pray, “Thy will be done in my life and throughout the world.”
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.