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A Season to Everything

A Season to Everything

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.

" To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven." — Eocl., iii. 1.
REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.

" To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven." — Eocl., iii. 1.

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A SEASON TO EVERYTHINGREV. NUMA F. REID, D. D." To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." — Eocl., iii. 1. The inspired writer goes on to say, there is "a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to plucls up that which is planted ; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up," etc. In the eighth chapter of this same book, "a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment, because to every purpose there is time and judgment." We draw this proposition from the text, that there is a season of grace allotted to every man for salva-tion, which, if neglected, he perishes without hope. This truth is exhibited in the natural world. Those creatures which are actuated only by a principle of instinct, which are unblest with rea-son, have set times and do their work in certain seasons. The bird builds its nest and the bee gathers its honey in summer ; and if, through any accident, the bird does not build or the bee gather not its honey in the proper season, they are pre-vented from doing so in winter because of the
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cold. Jeremiah, with this idea, no doubt, in his mind, says : " Yea, the stork in the heavens knoweth her appointed times, and the turtle, and A SEASON TO EVERYTHING. 447 the crane, and the swallow observe the time of tlieir coming ; but my people know not the judg-ment of the Lord." Flowers have seasons of bud and bloom and seasons of decay. There is a sea-son in which the trees dress themselves in rich foliage, and a season in which they cast it at their feet. There are times, and seasons, and bounds, and limits, fixed to everything in the natural world. Grod has said to the ocean,- in marking its boundaries: "Thus far shalt thou go, and no farther." We find man also, in his relations to the natural world, bound and compelled to be governed by times and seasons in providing for the wants of his body. There is a time for him to plant, and a time to reap; a time to sow, and a time to gather into barns; and if he neglect these times his physical wants go unsupplied. In trade the same thing is observable. There seems to be
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in bargaining some lucky, auspicious time, which, if let slip or overlooked, the price fails or the thing fails — it becomes too late, the nick of time passes. Now, all this comes under our observa-tion every day. I am not now addressing a single individual, who will not testify from his observa-tion and experience the truth of these things. We all see it and feel it. Now, this thing of act-ing at the time, seizing the favorable opportunity in order to success, is not ^only observable in trade and speculation, but man's success in every 448 SERMONS. department of life depends upon it. This truth called forth the celebrated saying of the great Shakespeare, who understood men and things, the workings of nature, better than any man that ever lived. Says he: "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at its flood, will waft to fortune and to fame." Farther than this, we find that these times and seasons are not only connected with his transac-
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