One of the biggest roadblocks to following Jesus, trusting in God has to do with the question of suffering and the presence of evil in the world. Not necessarily on a grand scale, like why are there wars, genocides and orphans (those are part of it), but our questions typically hit closer to home:
- Why can’t I get pregnant?
- Why did I get abused?
- Why did she leave me?
- Why did he cheat on me?
- Why can’t I trust anyone?
- Why am I too trusting and get hurt all the time?
- Why can’t I talk to my teenager?
- Why can’t I make ends meet?
The questions we have usually come from our expectation of how we think our lives should be, how we think other people’s lives are or a combination of those.
What the writer of Ecclesiastes points out (vs. 11) that is that God has placed within us, a desire to know the answer to the questions of the universe, to wonder why things are the way they are, but that we will be frustrated.
The key verse to chapter 3 is in vs. 11 where the writer tells us that God makes everything beautiful in his time. Everything in the universe (what we see and don’t see), falls under God’s authority and rule (Ecclesiastes 3:1), and everything is made redeemed by God in his time.
That’s where it gets hard and frustrating for us. It isn’t in our time, on our schedule or maybe even how we would want it.
Because we can’t see the whole picture.
Tim Keller said:
“With time and perspective most of us can see good reasons for at least some of the tragedy and pain that occurs in life. Why couldn’t it be possible that, from God’s vantage point, there are good reasons for all of them? If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn’t stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can’t know. Indeed, you can’t have it both ways.”
The end of all of this believing and trusting what Scripture tells us: That God always does what is good, right and perfect.
That’s the truth of God’s sovereignty.
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