Ecclesiastes 11 has Solomon giving us some insight into the future. He paints a picture of needing to be prepared for whatever comes our way. We can’t know what lies ahead, so we must do what we can to try and be ready. “You know not what disaster may happen on earth”. God’s definitely in control of all things, but He doesn’t necessarily broadcast what lies ahead. We need to realize that good and bad happen and wisely prepare to deal with whatever might come across our path.
He goes on to talk about the reality of the land. He talks about clouds and rain and falling trees and wind. All facets of nature that are completely in God’s control. There is often a cause and effect to what happens in the world around us. Things may not be as mysterious as we sometimes think. God wants us to move on, even if things are perfect. “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap”. A farmer who waits for conditions that are favorable may never plant the crop thus preventing a harvest for sure. Life is seldom perfect, so we have to move on in spite of the circumstances.
None of us have perfect knowledge and understanding. “You do not know the work of God who makes everything”. While we think God owes us an explanation to everything He chooses to do, He doesn’t. As humans we are very limited in our knowledge of God’s ways. We will never full understand how and why God does what He does. But that is not our place. We merely need to accept His activity and press on. “Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes”. We just need to keep on.
As we continue through life though, we have to realize that God does have a standard that we are going to be held to. “But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment”. We will stand before God and deal with the result of our choices. Judgment is a reality that we will face. We need to live life with that reality in mind. We need to be ready to stand before Him. How we face that judgment will determine our eternity. It matters as eternity is a very long time. Are you ready?