Lent Devotional: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14
by Jonathan Haefs
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (click here to read the entire passage)
[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end…
I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 and 14)
I never liked going to “children’s church.”
I always wanted to sit in the “big service” with my mom. To keep me from being too distracting, she would bring a long a bag full of coloring and activity books. My favorites were the dot-to-dot pages!
The page was seemingly filled with random dots that couldn’t possibly make a picture. Yet, when connected in the numbered order I became a master artist as a beautiful image emerged amongst the chaotic dots.
Life often feels like these dot-to-dot pages. Random. Chaos. We feel that right now do we not? And this causes us to struggle to see God at work in it all. If there is some kind of master plan or picture, we cannot see it!
But, perhaps like the dot-to-dot pages… God has designed it this way… and he has done so for a purpose that produces more beauty than if we saw the whole picture immediately.
“[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God has designed life so that we do not see the larger picture, only he does. Therefore, we must trust him!
He has a master, eternal plan in which he makes everything beautiful in its time…all wrongs righted…all injustices corrected… all viruses ended! He is working all things together for permanent eternal good!
“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, SO THAT people fear before him.” (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
God makes ALL THINGS beautiful in their time (that’s a promise), that work of his endures forever (that’s a promise)… SO THAT we fear him, trust him, treasure him!
Let us treasure him now Shades! Before a watching world that is confused by the chaos of this day, let’s display faith in the one who is in control over all the chaos!
We may not be able to make any sense of what is happening, but we can point to the reality that there is one who has promised to make all things, including today’s events, beautiful in their time. He has promised to redeem all things and his redemptive work will endure forever!
Let’s point the world to him by rooting our confidence in him amidst any and all chaos! Let’s show the world our treasure… Jesus!
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