Following the Routine
Every weekday, I follow the same routine. I get up around 5:25 in the morning, eat breakfast, spend time in God’s word, get to work around 6:30 to get ready for the day, have lunch in the afternoon, leave work around 4:00 to 4:30, have dinner with my wife at around 7, and finally go to bed hopefully around 10. All of us live our lives according to some kind of schedule. Why is it important for us to have schedule; can’t we just live our lives just on a whim?
The Burden of Routine
The preacher in Ecclesiastes wanted to find the answer to this question. I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. (Ecclesiastes 3:10 NIV) This burden that the preacher is talking about is the daily routine of life. Have you ever had those moments when you find your daily routine a bit tedious and you ask yourself, “Why do I live in such a rut?”
God Created Schedules
This tendency to live according to routine is something that comes to us instinctively. That is because this world we live in is built around a fixed schedule. This routine of life was designed by the Lord Himself, as the preacher explains:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)
All the Pieces Fit
When the Almighty created the world, He made it with wondrous variety; and in that diversity, each component of creation fits and functions together. Consider the human body for example. It is composed of different parts, but if one part is missing or damaged, the rest of the body would not be able to function properly.
Schedule is Balance
The purpose of the world having a schedule is to maintain balance. Every raining season needs to be accompanied with a dry one, lest the land would be consumed in a deluge. For ever cold season, there must be a hot one, or else the land would not be able sustain life. This balance reflects the nature of the Lord Himself.
Three Persons, One Function
God is three persons, a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; however not one person has dominance over the other. Instead, they compliment each other and what’s more, each person does the same exact thing: they give glory to Himself. Whenever the Father does an action, whether it is answering a prayer or doing some miracle, His reason to do so was to show how great He is to all who hear and see the act. When Jesus came to die on the cross, He did it to save mankind, which in turn, reveals the glorious grace that is found in Him to all who accept Christ’s sacrifice. Whenever the Holy Spirit reveals a truth of God to us, whether in our reading of the Bible or in our prayers, it is to reveal just how glorious the Almighty really is.
Nature’s Schedule Reflects Glory
That is the function for the balance in nature. That is the reason why life is driven according to a schedule. It’s different components are designed to show the greatness of God. Think about it for a moment, suppose you are farmer and you look forward to the rains coming in their designated season, so that the seed that you planted would be able to grow. When the rains do come, right on schedule, don’t you thank the Lord for His provision of the rain? Therefore, the schedule that is found in the world was made to show the glory of the Almighty.
Reflecting on Our Schedule
Now let’s consider the schedules that we live our lives on. What components in our daily life reveal the glory of the Lord? I think it is important for us to take pause and consider how great the Lord is for giving us the routine we have.
I every aspect of my routine, I strive to see where the Lord is at work in my schedule. This helps me especially when the routine of life becomes monotonous. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NIV) The schedule we live is a gift from the Lord, let us examine each part and give praise to the Lord.