16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.
(Ecclesiastes 8:16-17, New King James Version)
Work of God
These verses from Ecclesiastes 8 remind me of the words of Paul in Romans 11.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “ For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “ Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36, New King James Version)
Who can know the the mind of the Lord or the work of God? Though a man spend all of his fortune, and search all of his days, he will never understand the mind of God. No matter what man may do, He will never thwart God's will for this world.
How can that be? It is certainly beyond our comprehension. We live on this earth such a few short years; in ways we cannot even imagine God uses both believers and unbelievers to accomplish his greater plan for this world.
We are creatures of the earth, and creatures of time. We cannot even begin to understand our Father God who works in the realm of eternity, totally unbound by time. Though we know it is wrong, we tend to view everything as though man is in the center. Everything, it seems, flows out from us.
Praise God that this is not true! What kind of world would we have if everything were just tossed into the hands of man to do as he saw fit? But, that is not what we have. As we look around us, we see a world of order and design; not a world of happenstance.
Even as it may seem that evil is flooding the entire earth, man cannot destroy what God has set in place. We know that everything will come to an end, but we also know that the end has already been predetermined by God, both regarding its time and the method of destruction.
What a privilege to serve such an amazing, all-powerful God!
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
God Bless You,