HOW CAN I HANDLE LIFE’S UNCERTAINTIES?
Ecclesiastes 9:1-11:6Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â August 13 2006
Death is inevitable for the righteous and the wicked .
How ever, the reality of death should not overshadow
the enjoyments of life. God wants us to enjoy feasts,
family , and our work . and in doing this, we should
allow Godâ€™s wisdom to guide us in living each day
for His glory.
Life is not fair and is often unpredictable. At times
there seems to be no relation between what we
deserve and what we actually receive. Nevertheless,
we should look to God for the wisdom to live each
day for His glory.
1. Fulfill Your Obligations (Eccl. 9:7-10)
Eccl. 9:7Â Â Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink
your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago
approved what you do. 9:8Â Â Let your garments always be
white; do not let oil be lacking on your head.Â 9:9Â Â Enjoy
life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your
vain life that are given you under the sun, because that
is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil
under the sun.Â 9:10Â Â Whatever your hand finds to do, do
with your might; for there is no work or thought or
knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Solomon encouraged hard , honest labor and making
the most of every opportunity to work while on this
side of the grave . By no means, however , was he
advocating work a holism. Workaholics seldom enjoy
the kind of happy marriages Solomon described in the
previous verse. Instead, he believed that we should
enjoy our work and always do our best.
2. Persist In Spite Of Reverses (Eccl. 9:11-12)
Eccl. 9:11Â Â Again I saw that under the sun the race is not
to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the
wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful;
but time and chance happen to them all.Â 9:12Â Â For no one
can anticipate the time of disaster. Like fish taken in a
cruel net, and like birds caught in a snare, so mortals are
snared at a time of calamity, when it suddenly falls upon
No one is immune from experiencing disappointing or disastrous reverses in this life. Regardless of what
measures we take to build hedges around our lives,
We cannot keep all difficulties at bay.
Regardless of our work, we may experience defeat, deprivation, or disfavor. However, although at times
we may act responsibly and experience disappointing
or disastrous reverses, we are to continue living
responsibly before God.
3. Always Give Your Best Effort (Eccl. 11:1-2,4-6)
Eccl. 11:1Â Â Send out your bread upon the waters, for after
many days you will get it back. 11:2Â Â Divide your means
seven ways, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster
may happen on earth. 11:3Â Â When clouds are full, they empty
rain on the earth; whether a tree falls to the south or to the
north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. 11:4
Whoever observes the wind will not sow; and whoever regards
the clouds will not reap. 11:5Â Â Just as you do not know how the
breath comes to the bones in the motherâ€™s womb, so you do not
know the work of God, who makes everything. 11:6Â Â In the
morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hands be
idle; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or
whether both alike will be good.
Solomon said that we should not allow the uncertainties
of life to immobilize us or keep us from doing what we
need to do. A farmer, for example, cannot wait until circumstances are ideal to sow or to reap. A farmer cannot spend all his time watching the wind and looking at the
clouds until conditions are absolutely favorable. In the
same way, we should not put thing off lest it become too
later to do them at all. Unless we make a commitment to
act, many opportunities will pass us by and never return.
Solomon counseled that it is best to diversify investment work hard , and take calculated risks. The one
who sits and waits for every condition to be perfect
before acting will miss valuable opportunities in life.