Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 – What is Certain?

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Read Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Rather than focusing on uncertainty, Solomon gives us some examples we can count on. Some of these certainties point to action steps, like planting or harvesting. Yet others are great advice, like the wisdom on diversifying your portfolio of investments or to stop waiting for the “perfect” time to do something.

What certainties do you see as you look around you? We all have the certainty of a sunrise and sunset each day–unless you live somewhere in the world (like northern Norway, for example) where it’s always dark or light at certain times of the year. You can believe it’s “certain” that if we don’t go to work, we won’t get a paycheck.

Despite all our best efforts, life is still unpredictable. You never know when a rain cloud might appear to rain on your parade. Unforeseeable circumstances can happen–just like our son is experiencing right now having had a toilet stem randomly break while he and his wife were at work, flooding their home. Clinging to something that’s certain and trustworthy is especially important during those trying times.

As I reflect, I can think of only one thing that is truly certain and reliable. God’s love for me and you. Out of that love flows all the promises of God we can trust as true and certain. How often do you break into worship of our great God when some unforeseen catastrophe strikes? You’ll be surprised how God’s peace arrives to carry you through those tough times.

While we can trust God as all knowing, powerful, and full or grace and mercy, how he works is still a mystery to us. Even Solomon points to God in this passage: “Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.” Solomon credits God with “all things,” with everything! Now that’s wisdom!

Remembering that God is in control will help calm many fears and give you strength when you feel weak. With all the uncertainties of life, it’s good to know we have an unchanging God who loves us more than we can imagine.

What struggle are you facing right now? Have you invited God into your problems and turned them over to him? God is the master planner. He’s already got it worked out for you, be faithful as you wait for him to reveal his work in his time. In the meantime, pray and worship. Give that struggle to God today!

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Let’s pray. Father God, thank you for all the troubles you carry for me each day. I am in awe of you. Forgive me for my stubborn heart that keeps me holding on to some of my baggage. Help me to rely on you for everything. You are so much better at resolving problems than I am. Help me to focus more on your love for me and to sing your praises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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