“A time to break down, and a time to build up” Ecclesiastes 3:3
During the time that King Solomon was backsliding from his faith in God he wrote these words: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). Proceeding with the famous theme of Ecclesiastes – everything has its time. It’s important to note that Solomon was trying to grasp the meaning of life with his knowledge of God in the back of his head. He had walked with God before, but his thousands of wives and concubines had convinced him to worship their own gods instead of the one, true and living God.
Are you currently backsliding from your faith in God? Are you building up things of this world against the things of God? Have you been taught the Word of God yet neglected to live it?
Well, you’re not alone, because the wisest and richest man to walk this earth once turned his heart away from the Lord, and he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes to tell us how it went.
Let’s throwback to 1 Kings 3–10. Solomon requests wisdom from the Lord instead of riches, honor, and a long life, but since the Lord was pleased with his answer he gave him these blessings anyways. In these chapters, Solomon quickly built up his kingdom with the wisdom of the Lord. Solomon literally entered into a season of building his administration in prosperity, wealth, and the honor of building the Lord’s temple. The Bible said the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart (1 Kings 10:24) – and, of course, to observe his wealth. This guy had it all, and he built up what any human could possibly dream of building in his day.
Okay, now jump back to this book of Ecclesiastes, where the greatest king to exist on earth cannot stop writing, “all is vanity.” He reflects that there is a time to break down and a time to build (Ecc. 3:3), like a group of construction workers tearing down an old building only to build up a new and improved one. Although he had turned his heart from the Lord, he still had the gift of wisdom from God. He simply wrote that there is a season of breaking down and then a season of building up, yet he didn’t see the profit from the worker’s labor (Ecc. 3:9). Solomon established the greatest kingdom of all yet concluded that all that labor and profit was pointless.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Remember, Solomon wasn’t completely walking with the Lord here, but he still used the things of God to make sense of the things of this world. He had labored, worked, and profited everything he could possibly accomplish in his life, yet it all was eventually broken down after his death.
Friends, it is possible to inherit words of wisdom from your parents or church, or from when you formerly walked with the Lord, and yet still have your heart completely turned from Him. You can have lies, hate, pride, disbelief, and depression built up in your life that God desperately wants to break down.
Although Solomon was doing his own thing with his wives’ gods and soaking in greed over his wealth, he still observed the seasons God had appointed in their time. He accomplished the season of building up, and he now recognized the time of breaking down.
In order for God to build, He must tear down first.
The only thing standing in His way? Your right to a free will. You have the right to either accept or reject God’s plan for your life – He’ll never force it on you.
Although Solomon chose to walk away from God, the blessings from God still dwelt with him. Later on he repented of his sins and returned to that fellowship with God. Solomon directly disobeyed the commandments God had instructed him to do even though he knew better. Remember, this same man wrote the book of Proverbs, as well!
Whatever path of life you’re on, whatever it is that is holding you back from full fellowship with Jesus Christ, it is never too late to build up your relationship with Him again. It’s just a simple prayer away.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 John 1:9).
Examine yourself. When was the last time the eternal power of God broke the chains of sin in your life and replaced it with His love, joy, and peace? Maybe you have an anxiety or addiction that is so controlling in your life that you’ve given up on defeating it. Let me declare to you that God can break it down and build you back up again. Breaking down and building up are natural seasons of life, as the wisest man on earth noted thousands of years ago and which is still very relevant today.
We know this is the truth because the Bible is full of sinners becoming broken by the love of the gospel. And through the Holy Spirit, their lives are built back up for the glory of God.
Still not convinced? Read the several testimonies posted here on The Simply Beloved, where we each have the common thread of God breaking down those strongholds in our life, and how He built our lives back up again on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ.
We are praying for you Beloveds to know these things on a deeper and more meaningful level. Please reach out to us if you feel compelled to. We love you so much.