Day 43: Ecclesiastes 8:4-9

Isn’t it great to be under the control of a sovereign God? All that we can see is the present and part of the past, but the future requires trust, patience, and contentment.

Ecclesiastes 8:6-8 says, “Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, though the misery of man increases greatly. For he does not know what will happen; so who can tell him when it will occur? No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, and no one has power in the day of death. There is no release from that war, and wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.”

The Law of Entropy says that the material universe is losing energy and becoming less and less useful and organized. That’s just how life is because of sin, and Solomon recognizes this concept.

Man doesn’t know what will happen when, but we can be assured that trouble will come and sorrows will increase. Death will ultimately come and nothing we can do will stop it. We’re doomed…

Well, as born-again Christians, we know that hope is available. I Corinthians 15 talks all about it. But for the unsaved and the carnal Christian, life keeps on going downhill, and “the misery of man increases greatly.”

Isn’t it great to know we have hope? Also, what should I be doing with the hope that I have?

No one but God knows all of the past,
No one but God knows all that will come.
For God the Creator is both first and last,
His plan for the ages is where all is from.

There is a time and a place for everything,
But no one but God can tell when and where.
Shrouded in darkness with sorrow increasing,
Man cannot know what God does not share.

No one has power o’er the day of death,
No one can change what God has decreed.
No one can know when he’ll draw his last breath,
So let God be God and His power concede.

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