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Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 is often misunderstood. It’s often used to support the notion that in order to live more successful lives we need to act in an appropriate way at the appropriate time. The end result is a man-centered focus.

It’s not that setting goals and making resolutions is wrong but that just isn’t the point of the passage. This passage isn’t man-centered. It’s not about making New Year’s resolutions and acting appropriately at the right time. It’s just the opposite. 

It’s about what God has done. The whole point of the passage is meant to remind us that there is a time for everything and it’s God who has set the times. 

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