Crown Him the Lord of Years
I will continue providing some video meditations on the book of Ecclesiastes in the coming weeks. My purpose in doing this is to encourage you to stay in God's Word. And to encourage you in general. I think we all need some encouragement right now. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. I am mindful that at the moment some of you are working harder than you have ever worked in your life while others of you are feeling alone and isolated and bored, just wondering when life will get back to normal.
I am seeing a lot of references online to the movie Groundhog Day lately. It's a favorite of mine. In that movie, Bill Murray's character is stuck in the same exact day on an infinite loop. He wakes up every day hoping that February 2nd will be over so that he can move on with his life. We get to watch him go through the five stages of grief as he copes with reality: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
For many of us, life feels like Groundhog Day right now. You wake up each day hoping for change. For a new day. For some good news. For all the sad things to become untrue.
Part of the good news the Bible proclaims to us is that we are not on an infinite loop. In Ecclesiastes 1, the Bible acknowledges that life can appear this way sometimes. From one perspective, it looks like life is a big circle that only ends when we breathe our last. But God shatters that circle by telling us that He is the Lord of time: "Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time." That He is sovereign over our days. That He will fulfill all His holy purpose. And that when we do breathe our last, we will be ushered into the presence, and joy, of our Master.
Life, like time, is not happening to us. It is happening for us, to get us into the presence of Christ. For Jesus Christ entered this world of time, and bled and died and resurrected in this world of time, to assure us that no matter how cyclical life may feel, Christ has blazed a straight line into the joy of heaven. This means for the Christian that death gives way to resurrection and sorrow gives way to joy. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5). Practically, the death and resurrection of Christ shows us that, for the believer, sudden reversals and happy endings are not only possible, but inevitable.
Join me in praying for a happy ending, this side of heaven, for the Covid-19 pandemic. And plead Christ's resurrection as the reason for believing, and knowing, it is possible. And thank God that Jesus is the Lord of our years.