The uncertainty of life; it is truly a mixture of exciting and maddening to have to walk by faith. Solomon, speaks to faith from an unorthodox perspective. He sees that there is so little we actually control. Whether good or bad, responsible or not–God remains in charge. In his plan execution, God leaves us questioning the fairness, the logic and reason and even the holiness of God’s plan.
Truth is, we simply cannot know the mind or plans of God. We can choose to trust and follow him or choose to stay independent of him and do things our way. Each time we choose to follow him, the ultimate end is glorifying to him and most often great for us. We grow and are prepared to face any and all circumstances. That ability keeps us from being destroyed when things turn away from the normal. Sadly, those that refuse to follow often think they have the world by the tail–only to find they were deceived and entrapped into a life of emptiness with little to show for their journey but trinkets that go on eBay.
Solomon put a nice point on the issue in Proverbs 3 when he said–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your path straight.”
God Bless You
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
As it is with the good,
so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
so with those who are afraid to take them.
3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
5 For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
6 Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom