There is no easy answer to the questions about suffering. As we bring these questions before the Lord, He will often give us some answers that bring peace of mind. Let’s go on in our reading of Ecclesiastes to see what brought peace to Solomon.
Solomon had a sense of the significance of eternity. He said:
“He has set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
As Christ had not yet come, Solomon had a limited understanding of his eternal purpose on earth. However, he ends his dissertation of “the meaning of life” with these words:
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter; Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
This is great advice. We are eternal beings! God has placed us on this earth to grow in our relationship with Him, become more like Christ, worship and glorify Him, and make Him known to others. This is a time of preparation for the wonderful eternal life we will have in God’s presence. No matter how difficult, painful, or mundane our life may seem at times, it is not meaningless. When we live according to His will for the eternal purpose of glorifying God, all things have meaning!
I can rejoice when I know I am doing the things that God wants me to do. I give thanks and take joy because I know my Lord is pleased with me. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us giving us spiritual connection with God, understanding of His Word, and power to live a life pleasing to God. Bringing delight to the heart of God and experiencing loving fellowship with Him is the most significant part of our existence.
Today’s Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, Ecclesiastes 12
A Moment to reflect:
Take some time to pray about a take-away, from this three part blog series, that God is inviting you to put into practice.
How can you rejoice in thanksgiving today, praising God for the eternal work He has purposed for you?
By Sue Corl - an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis
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