Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11: 1-8
Key verse: (5) “Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother’s womb, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything.”
Reflection: Thanks to science, there are a lot of things we know about life, our world and the universe. And, yet there are still things we don’t know. There are things we can explain based on science but many times we don’t understand the “why”. We can’t know God’s mind; we can only catch glimpses. The book of Ecclesiastes gives all kinds of advice. In today’s passage, there are eight different things for us to take into consideration along with the reminder that there are still things only God can know. Here’s the advice:
- Take chances – they may pay off
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
- Pay attention to what’s happening around you
- Ditto on number three
- God does things we can’t fathom
- Don’t be idle – remember to act
- There will be beautiful days full of light
- There will be days of darknesss
This passage is capped off with the statement: All that comes is vanity. What a good reminder that life is fleeting. We often get caught up in things that down the road will mean very little. We sweat the small stuff, as one author says, and forget to focus on what’s really important. God makes everything in good time for a purpose. We may not always be able to see it or understand it. But, we can be grateful that people like the author of Ecclesiastes were wise enough to write down important things for us to remember. Times may change but good advice is always timely. We may not know the work of God, but we can give thanks for it.
Prayer: All-knowing God, we give thanks for your presence in our lives and the wisdom of scripture. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].