We saw yesterday that injustice is a pervasive reality. Today, we’ll look at Solomon’s explanation for this fact.
(Ecc 9:1) For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. (2) All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. (3) This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
(Ecc 9:11) I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (12) For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
Time and Chance
Solomon realized that we can’t tell much about God’s love for us by our circumstances. Sometimes we suffer, sometimew we rejoice, but it doesn’t have any bearing on our relationship with God. Solomon didn’t see God as deeply and personally involved in the lives of His people. To him, it was all just time and chance – the luck of the draw.
Solomon’s view was drastically different from his father, David’s. He said:
Psa 139:1-6 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. (2) Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (3) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. (5) Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. (6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
What About You?
- Do you see the events of you life as a roll of the dice?
- Or do you believe that God is at work in your life – personally and purposefully?