Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Path of Understanding Leads to Trusting...

April 21, 2011

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

Well I almost gave up on Ecclesiastes after this passage; I had decided that I didn’t posses enough wisdom to tackle this book of wisdom. How thankful am I that MacArthur’s Study Bible can be of great help! Solomon, who had been given great wisdom, decided to apply it to the natural world. He wanted to look around at everything and figure out why and how things happened the way they did. Yet, at each turn his perception became more foggy, and he couldn’t understand anything. Some paths that he tried to “see” down were too crooked and never became straight. The reason for this is God’s Sovereignty. Many times no matter how hard we try to figure out why something happened, we will be unsuccessful because only God really knows why things happen the way they do. Only God can see what will happen as a result of every action. Solomon realized this in his quest to understand. We must too. We will never understand all the paths of our lives; we will never understand why we hurt or why we laugh. We will never understand the blessings we receive of the blessings that are denied us. Only God controls that. It is futile to fight that, in fact, it’s arrogant to assure that we should be able to understand or control. If Solomon didn’t posses enough wisdom to understand, and he had been given an “extra measure of wisdom”, how can we ever assume we could understand? Instead, I think our responsibility is harder than understanding, it’s trusting. We must trust that God is in complete control and we must trust that “He will cause all things to work to the good of those who love Him.”

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