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TREASURE THE MOMENTS  

| SUNDAY 19TH JUNE, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Poh Fang Chia

Read: ECCLESIASTES 3:1-14 (NIV) | Bible in a Year:  NEHEMIAH 12-13; ACTS 4:23-37

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. ECCLESIASTES 3:11

Su Dongpo (also known as Su Shi) was one of China’s greatest poets and essayists. While in exile and gazing upon a full moon, he wrote a poem to describe how much he missed his brother. “We rejoice and grieve, gather and leave, while the moon waxes and wanes. Since times of old, nothing remains perfect,” he writes. “may our loved ones live long, beholding this beautiful scene together though thousands of miles apart.”

His poem carries themes found in the book of Ecclesiastes. The author, known as the Teacher (1:1), observed that there’s “a time to weep and a time to laugh … a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing” (3:4-5). By paring two contrasting activities, the Teacher, like Su Dongpo, seems to suggest that all good things must inevitably come to an end.

As Su Dongpo saw the waxing and waning of the moon as another sign that nothing remains perfect, the Teacher also saw in creation God’s providential ordering of the world He’d made. God oversees the course of events, and “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v. 11).

Life may be unpredictable and sometimes filled with painful separations, but we can take heart that everything takes place under God’s gaze. We can enjoy life and treasure the moments – the good and the bad – for our loving God is with us.

 Read: ECCLESIASTES 3:1-14 (NIV)

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

INSIGHT

  1. What are some things you’re afraid to try because of life’s unpredictability?

  2. How can you lean on Jesus as you step forward in courage to forge new friendships and deepen relationships?

PRAYER

Thank You, loving Father, for watching over all seasons of my life. Help me to trust in You and enjoy the life You’ve given me. In Jesus Holy name I pray and believe. Amen!!

Read: ECCLESIASTES 3:1-14 (NIV) | Bible in a Year:  NEHEMIAH 12-13; ACTS 4:23-37

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