A time to refrain from embracing
In my daily Bible Reading time, I read last week Ecclesiastes 3. And I couldn’t believe what I found. It’s amazing how one can read the Bible and not pick up on something it says until you experience ‘what’ it says! In my opinion, the book of Ecclesiastes is all about what life in a fallen world can be like.
And the first eight verses list the various things we face in a fallen world and how they sometimes just come and go, and you can do little about them. And one such time, or occasion, is found in verse 5, and for a hugger like me, I’ve found it very significant, and I can’t believe I didn’t notice it beforehand. It says this: ‘a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing’.
Now although the original word can mean other things besides ‘hugging’, it also would include it. And so, you could say, I have just discovered the hugging or anti–hugging verse in the Bible! I knew it must be somewhere in the Bible. And so, we are in a time where we are being told to refrain from embracing—no different to what God said would be the case, and thousands of years ago. And for those of you, like me, who are missing this physical contact, the time is coming when we’ll be able to do it again. Sorry, to all of you who aren’t that touch–feely – enjoy it while you can.
In all seriousness, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and the one who made the sun tells us this. Life in a fallen world, until that great day when Jesus returns and gathers his people will consist of many different times and seasons, even including times when we must refrain from embracing.
At one level, we need to just accept that this is how it is, and simply fear God and keep his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13), trusting him every step of the way. But also knowing that things don’t just go through these various phases and we can just do what we want, as there is coming a day when he will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:14) – hugger or not.
I am so glad for Easter, that is, for Jesus and what he has done for me, as I wouldn’t have a hope on that great judgement day. What about you?
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