Questions About God
Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4
Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17
Over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at the life of Solomon. We saw that when God told him to ask for anything in the world, he asked for wisdom. We read through the book of Proverbs and are now in Ecclesiastes and we have seen that wisdom in action. Many people believe that Solomon was the wisest person to ever live (with the exception of Jesus Christ of course). Even if you do not necessarily believe that, you have to admit that he was full of wisdom. Typically, when we think of a man of wisdom, we think of a man with answers. We think about someone who always seeks the truth and always finds it. Perhaps that is why today’s key passage struck me so much when I read it. As wise as Solomon was, in today’s passage he says something that many people today have trouble saying. He says, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Vs. 16-17) Basically, when it comes to questions about all that God has done, Solomon says that he does not know all the answers.
I do not know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this passage. That might sound strange, but let me explain. See, I too have many questions about God. There are many things I cannot explain. There are many things I do not fully understand. There are many times in my life where I have thought to myself, “I cannot wait to get to Heaven so I can ask God about this”. When I read this passage, I realize that I am not alone in my questions. I realize that even the wisest man who ever lived struggled with the fact that he did not truly understand all of the ways of God. See I believe that all of us have at least a few questions about God that we simply cannot reconcile in our minds. I think this is normal, and I think it can be expected. Having questions about God is not really the problem, though. It is how we respond to these questions that really matters. When we ponder all that God has ever done and realize that we cannot possibly understand it all, we can choose to let that rob us of our faith, our joy, and our hope. This is where people run into a lot of trouble. Instead of allowing these questions to cause us to backslide, we can actually find comfort in our questions. The simple fact is that we do not need to know all the answers. We do not need to be able to understand all that God has done. Someone much greater than any of us has all the answers. He is the only one who needs to know the answers. He is the only one who needs to truly understand it all. Instead of worrying about the questions, we can put our faith and trust in God. We can trust Him to do what is right. We can trust Him to answer everything that needs to be answered. Instead of trying to answer all of our questions, we can rest in Him and spend our time enjoying all of the gifts He gives us in this life.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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