A lot of what is said in these verses has already been discussed in detail. In verse 9 Solomon asks, “What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?” In verse 10 he says, “I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.” Verses 12 and 13 are a repeat of Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 where he says that men should be happy in life and enjoy profit from their labor.
So I want to focus on verse 11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
My favorite attribute of God is His sovereignty, and I think that is the one word that can sum up this verse. God makes everything beautiful in its time, and only God knows the purpose behind everything He does.
As described in the previous verses, everything has its time and place, but not all those things are pleasurable things. Nevertheless, God can work in and through each of those things to make them beautiful. Now