Stewardship of life demands that we know what time it is, and this is largely the message of this third chapter of Ecclesiastes.  The word ‘time’ is mentioned on 31 separate occasions in this chapter.  Though we have eternity in our hearts, we are time bound creatures.  We are born with a longing for another world, we live out our days as if life will go on forever, and yet we are not beyond the reach of time.  Sooner or later, it will catch up with all of us.

Here we are presented with a picture of a sovereign God who is Lord over time.  He is the One who regulates all of our days, down to the very minutes and seconds that make up our life here on earth.  He is the One who sees to it that from birth to death, there is a time and a season for everything under heaven.  There is nothing that happens in life that is beyond His control.