Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 6
Once again, we find real, raw honesty from Solomon. Ecclesiastes 6 tells us of a man who has enjoyed real power and wealth and yet is wrestling with the sovereignty of God. In the first few verses, Solomon wonders why some people have access to riches and yet are not empowered by God to enjoy them. Not only is he struggling with the sovereignty of God, he is also trying to figure out ethics and morality. Does a stillborn baby have it better off than someone who lives and yet never really lives?
I sometimes ask these same questions. Do you? This is what it means to be human. We don’t have all the answers. In fact, we have very few answers. Paul knew this well. He wrote some of the most exhaustive theology in the Bible; if anyone had it figured out, he did. But he acknowledged the limits of his and all of our minds in Romans 11:
Oh, how great are God’s iriches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36 NLT)
Or how about when God responds to Job? He makes it clear that our finite brains will never truly understand His ways (and this is a very small portion of God’s response):
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:1-7)
I’ve come to realize that I need to study and fight to understand the ways of God, but at the end of the day, I need to rest in the fact that “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
What did you learn from this passage today? What questions have you struggled with? Let’s dialogue about it together in the comments section below. Be blessed, CPC!
Posted by: Todd Thomas