Everything we go through, whether good or bad, is just a season. There’s a time for everything. We cannot fathom what God is doing or what he has planned for us because he created us as finite beings. Just trust his plan, and know that he has something better. It may be under the sun, or when we spend eternity with the Father.
King Solomon, the richest and one of the wisest man to ever walk this Earth, experimented with all the things life has to offer and discovered that everything under the sun is “Meaningless“. Solomon knew what it was like to have everything; in today’s time, the man would be richer than Bill Gates. But yet, even with all his fortune, he discovered that everything on Earth is meaningless. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, Solomon said, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” . He’s saying that we cannot intellectually comprehend what God is doing in our life during these seasons, but God has promise us something beautiful. Something so beautiful our earthly eyes cannot see and our earthly minds cannot comprehend. Solomon says one day we will look back at this season and understand everything.
So why does God allow all these tragedies on Earth? Honestly, no one knows, and will not understand. Just know that anything evil does not come from God. But it is our job, as his creation, to trust him and know that what he is doing is much bigger than what we can see or imagine here on Earth. Solomon said the things we have on this Earth are meaningless. This scripture from Solomon really resonates with me and remains to be true today, “I have observed something else under the sun. The faster runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”
We can look at that scripture as discouraging, but we must really meditate on what Solomon is saying here. Nothing is certain on this Earth, but the one certainty is God. He wants us to enjoy our lives as they are right now; don’t harp on the past or think about what will happen tomorrow. Be thankful for what you have today, and do not think about what you don’t have. For Solomon says in scripture, “There is hope only for the living. As they say, ‘It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion.'”
So Solomon, a rich and wise man, had it easy because of his wealth! Not true at all, we can’t take our fortune and vanity with us When will enough fortune and vanity be enough! When John D. Rockefeller, first billionaire in U.S. history, was asked the question, “How much money is enough”, he responded by saying “One more dollar than I have.” If you fall in love with creation, rather than the creator, you will never be satisfied. Everything is meaningless. Enjoy the life you have, and serve God in a way that his joy and our joy will help others! Do not forget, everything here is meaningless.
When you have some time, please watch this sermon titled ” A Time for Everything.” Hopefully it clarifies everything I wrote about in this post. Watermark Church’s Tuesday youth service, the Porch, did a series titled “Vanity”, which is a series studying the book of Ecclesiastes and the message of King Solomon.
P.S: I was born a sinner just like everyone else, but as a Christian, I’ve learned that my job is to share with others what I have learned about Christ. Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t write these post about my relationship with Christ to show that I am some “goody” perfect human being. I have a sinful, wicked mind, but the grace of God has allowed me to become a better Christian. I just want to join in community with other brothers and sisters of Christ, so we can go and help other people out there who need to be saved. Let’s not let our youth fool us. Jesus began to disciple in his 20s, and so can we. If you would like to pray or just talk about anything, please message me! I love talking to people about this. You can help me, and hopefully I can simultaneously help you!