I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. – Eccl. 3:14 KJV
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Today’s devotion continues from where yesterday’s devotion stopped. The same chapter three of the Book Ecclesiastes which in its first eight verses reminds man of the significant role that time plays in the manifestation of divine plan for man highlights in verses 10 and 11, what he described as the travail that God has placed in the life of men for them to occupy themselves with.
According to the writer of Ecclesiastes,
1. God made every thing beautiful in his time. He in this statement implies that God made everything to be attractive to man such that he wants to have all things at the same time – Eccl. 3:11a.
2. God also set the world in man’s heart such that acquisition of all these beautiful things that He has made becomes like a sort of priority for man – Eccl. 3:11b.
3. Meanwhile no man can find out the work that God did from the beginning to the end. This implies that there is no way such desires of wanting every beautiful thing that God has created can be met – Eccl. 3:11c.
In this verse, the writer of Ecclesiastes simply made it clear that all things that God made are beautiful. All things means all things and that includes you. For anything to be classified as beautiful, it means that it is desirable. This is an information that was made available to all from the time of creation. Every creation of God was always summed up with the phrase, “and God saw that it was good” – Gen. 1: 10, 12, 18, 21 and 25. If they were all good in God’s eyes, then it should be expected that man will fall in love with them.
So it is not surprising that man desires to have them all which is where the need for man to be contented comes in. It cannot be that God has to make things ugly so that man will not love them or who will agree to be made ugly so that people will not like or probably love him/her. It is God’s role to make all things beautiful including you but it is your own responsibility to control your desire to have them all. You can and should admire them all as a form of appreciation of the work of God but it should be clear to you that you cannot have them all.
The writer of this scripture says no man can ever have them all because just when you think you have the best, another best shows up that is better than your best and makes your best become ordinary good but the truth is that it has not reduced in any way the quality of your former best. It is all about your desire to have everything which is why in desiring this new one, you are really not ready to give up the one you have with you. Anyone who desires all good things will only end up running a race where he/she will always be a loser.
The writer of this scripture however goes further to assert the following:
1. That there is no good in all those beautiful things – Eccl. 3:12a. To desire them will just satisfy a temporary thirst especially when it obvious that you can not have them all. Spending all ones life chasing after their acquisition will bring no eternal reward that can justify all the effort being put in.
2. That a man should aim more at rejoicing and doing good in his life – Eccl. 3:12b. These are the two things that should be the major interests of man in life. To rejoice in all situations whether all those desires have been met or not is a sign of gratitude to God for giving life whilst aiming at doing good is the real act that stores eternal rewards for the person in life after life .
3. That every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour which in itself is a gift of God – Eccl. 3:13. Beyond the fact that it indicates contentment which is regarded as the best attitude in life, the writer of Ecclesiastes makes it clear that it is even possible to meet all those desires and not be able to enjoy them as it is subject to the Almighty God granting such Grace. One does not have to look far to confirm this as there are always people who seem blessed and either they cannot even enjoy all those acquisitions because of ill-health or even death whilst some have all those acquisitions but are still obviously unhappy.
The writer of Ecclesiastes goes further to confirm his awareness of the fact that whatsoever God does remains forever and nothing can be added or subtracted from it – Eccl. 3:14 which is the foundation text for today’s devotion . That is a great revelation that should give people reason to slow down in their desperation to acquire all these beautiful things. This is because you are also part of God’s creation and you were made beautiful because when he finished creating you, he must have also commented that you were beautiful. You were made very perfect and the wise man in Ecclesiastes says that nothing can be done to improve you or take your beauty away because that is God’s doing and He made things that way so that you and other people will acknowledge him as God. Your beauty includes all those good creations that he has allocated to you in creation and which will all be revealed in due time and season. They are such that no one can stop their manifestation when the time for them has come so why worry. To think or believe that anyone can stop your manifestation when it is God’s time is to confirm you as a non-believer in the sovereign nature of God. Release yourself from unbelief and all that stress associated with that desire and believe that it will come if it is yours and, in its due season. Continue in what you have and leave God to do what he has promised and you will begin to enjoy the type of peace flowing like a river.
May God grant you the knowledge to know this and accept it so that the turbulence in your life will be replaced by the peace of God in Jesus name. Amen.