â€œHe hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.â€ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
In verses 2â€“8 of Ecclesiastes 3 appears a remarkable listing of 28 â€œtimes,â€ arranged in 14 pairs of opposites (e.g., â€œa time to be born, and a time to die,â€ v. 2). The entire section is introduced by Godâ€™s definitive statement: â€œTo every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavenâ€ (v. 1). It is then climaxed by His remarkable assurance in the words of our text for the day. Everything that God has made is beautiful in its appropriate timeâ€”even death and war, killing and hating, and all the other â€œnegativesâ€ in the list, as well as the 14 â€œpositivesâ€â€”healing and loving, building and planting, and many others.
The pronoun (implied) could be either â€œitsâ€ or â€œHis,â€ and since all our â€œtimesâ€ are â€œin thy handâ€ (Psalm 31:15), it is fitting to recognize that the appropriate time for â€œevery purpose under heavenâ€ is His timeâ€”Godâ€™s time.
Thus, everything that God has made is, in fact, beautiful when accomplished in His own time, in His way, as set forth in His Word. We may not understand many things in our time, for â€œno man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.â€ Nevertheless, when God made us, He â€œset the world in [our hearts],â€ so that the very deepest roots of our nature assure us that God exists and cares. The Hebrew word for â€œworldâ€ means, literally, that â€œworld without endâ€ (compare Ephesians 3:21). Thus, all that happens to us, if accepted and applied according to Godâ€™s Word, becomes beautiful, and â€œwe know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purposeâ€ (Romans 8:28). HMM