Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 32
Reading: Ecclesiastes 8:9-17
When I was in high school scientists believed that the universe just keeps going and going and going. It is infinite and therefore holds infinite mysteries. It goes the other way too if you go in instead of out. Maybe you grew with the periodic table of elements and were told the atom was the smallest unit in the universe. Then they split it and found more. They split it again and found more. The mysteries of the universe seem to be infinite no matter which way you go. No matter how smart you are, you’re not as smart as you think.
That explains a lot of things we don’t understand. Solomon sees wicked people hurting others. He sees the hypocrites who go to church. He sees people getting away with so much because nothing seems to happen to them (even when Adam and Eve ate the fruit they didn’t drop dead right away). There’s injustice. There’s a lot we can’t make sense of in the moment. Many mysteries. Why is God so patient?
One of the mysteries of God, though, is his patience. We can’t fathom it. Admittedly, I’d be dead without it. So why not afford him the same patience with others? Even in suffering, I can find joy. I have heard too many stories of men, jailed falsely, in horrible conditions, singing praises to the God who raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus suffered with us and came out victoriously. He will do the same for us in due time. Therefore I can have joy in this and every moment because I am already victorious.
“Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.”
Ecclesiastes 8:17 (NIV)