Day 45: Ecclesiastes 8:14-17

Hmmm…hard to find much encouragement for life in this passage: “There is a vanity which occurs on earth…I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry…a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun…though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.”

But there is hope in verses 15 and 17 when Solomon says, “All the days of his life which God gives him,” and, “Then I saw all the work of God.”

It’s all about God! So many things in life are vanity, but when we remember that God gives us each of our days of life, we are reminded that life indeed has purpose!

When we see the works of God but fail to understand them all, we are reminded that God is in control and His design for life is so much higher than ours.

Instead of looking at life from ground level, take a flight to the sky by looking into God’s Word and revel in God’s plan for us. No, we still can’t fully understand it, but we don’t need to. We simply need to trust God and keep Him at the center of everything we do, and life will have all the meaning we seek to find.

Life is not all vanity,
Though oft that’s all I see.
God gives me life from day to day,
To work and serve and play.

I cannot fully know His mind,
But trust what He’s designed.
For God is God and over all,
And my knowledge is small.

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