Hi, y’all! This week on Word Wednesday, we’re in the book of Ecclesiastes. I have to confess… This book depresses me more than Job does. There is so much futility in Ecclesiastes. I understand it and why it is there, but it can be a hard read. Still, even though there is a lot that can get you down, there is a whole lot that can lift you up too. Care to share what spoke to you in Ecclesiastes? Drop a comment below!
Ecclesiastes 11:5–Just as you do not know the pat of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
Now that’s a challenging verse. Truth is, God does a lot of things we don’t understand. I stayed angry at Him for years after my aunt died of cancer. After all, if He was God and so loving and so powerful, why couldn’t He save her? We needed her down here! She loved Him! Couldn’t He see that? How could He do this to us? How could I ever trust Him again?
To be honest, there are days when I still struggle with that last question. But here is something He taught me when I finally told Him how mad I was. (Yes, I told Him. He’s God. He understands when we get mad at Him. And He can take it. We owe Him the respect of talking it out with Him… He doesn’t have lightning bolts poised to throw at us. He cares.) When I finally let myself talk to Him and tell Him how mad I was, I was finally able to hear Him speak. And what He said was both hard and easy. He had a reason. I don’t know or understand, but there was a reason. It was a reason that had a greater purpose than keeping her here would have had. Do I like it? No. Do I take comfort in the fact that God had a purpose? Yes. He’s not random and not out to cause us pain. He sees so much more than I do, understands so much more than I do, and that is why He runs things and I don’t.
Remember Bruce Almighty? He got into some pretty serious trouble trying to play God, thinking he knew better. How many times have I botched it all up by acting like Bruce?
I thank God that His vision is so much more far-reaching than mine, and that He never does anything without a purpose… even when I don’t understand.