Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, 9-13
Margin – Making space to find life’s balanceJanuary 24, 2021 / Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, 9-13
Isaiah 28:24 (NLT) – Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?
Psalm 127:2 – It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 – 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, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 – 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 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.
Intentionally make some “space” because…
(Live with a rhythm of margin because…)
#1 – There is a for everything, but not for everything
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
Genesis 2:15 – The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 – I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 – Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave…
Hebrews 4:9-11 – 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Finding life’s balance takes an awareness of it actually is!
Luke 10:38-42 – 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Find balance by…
- It Out
- Scheduling Your “” time
- BEFORE a “”
1 Corinthians 10:23 – “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
Ecclesiastes 3:10 – I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.