Your purpose in life may be found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. Solomon’s point in these scriptures is that God has a plan for all people, if they are willing to let God be in charge. Thus, he provides cycles of life, each with its own work for us to do.

Your purpose in life may be found in these scriptures. So Solomon came to understand there is a determined season for experiences in everyone’s lives. We find 14 pairs of contrasting experiences in the scriptures, each having a purpose and time frame, according to God’s predestined plan and counsel.

These scriptures conclude three things about God:

1. “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v. 11). God has a scheduled time for the things He allows and achieves in His well–ordered universe.

2. “He has put eternity in their hearts” (11). God has given mankind a desire to know and understand His well-ordered universe, but we cannot comprehend all of God’s works from the beginning of the world to the end of the world. God will fulfill all His plans and purpose for humanity, but they will not be fully revealed until eternity.

3. God is not arbitrary. His plans are all perfect, immutable and in the eternal now. In other words, God controls all events; they change with regularity as He determines, “and God requires an account of what is past” (3:15). Although time passes quickly for us, the same is not so with Him; and He will bring every past moment of our lives into account. I wonder how God will look at our present day of unrest and rioting in our country, with all the violences, etc.?

Solomon, aware of injustice, concluded that even now God is judging. But at the end of history, He has appointed a time to judge every work under the sun (vv. 16-18). Solomon concluded, “so I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for there is his heritage” (v.22). That is, the best thing an unregenerate person (come one not born again through the Spirit) can do in a life filled with emptiness and hate is “rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage or his lot in life.”

We find chapter three closes with a rhetorical question for everyone: “For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?” (v. 22). Such people are ignorant of the afterlife and what awaits them in eternity. Nor can they return to Earth to see what comes after them. They may not realize that there is life after death.

For those who believe in Christ, the opposite is true. We know our destiny as true believers because we know of God’s plan and purpose. Anyone who has faith in Christ is assured a place in God’s Kingdom. We also know that regardless of our situations, satisfaction in life comes from serving, repenting and glorifying God and enjoying Him forever. Your ability to find satisfaction in your life depends to a large extent upon your attitude. You will become dissatisfied if you lose the sense of purpose God intended for you.

You control your destiny whether to accept Jesus Christ as your savior and allow him to help in your journey of life as a Christian.

J.B. Morris leads the Rock Hill United Methodist Church.