Seeing God in the good and bad

7 01 2011

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)


Sometimes its hard to fathom the sovereignty of God. It seems so easy to control (or try to control) our daily lives. Where will I eat, what will I do tonight, what color should I paint my nails. We seem to have it all figured out. Until something happens and we can’t do anything to change it. “Who can straighten what He has made crooked?” The answer is no one. As I have been reading through Ecclesiastes over the last few days, it has really made me think a lot about what I spend my time on and what I worry about so much. The author of Ecclesiastes (who is unknown) says over and over “its chasing after the wind.” He describes many parts of his life as meaningless and is hard pressed to find a reason to do anything. But in the end, it starts to come together for Him. The Fear of God is what compels him forward.


Why do anything unless it is for God? We can not take anything from this earth with us to eternity, so instead of worrying toiling, concerning over the little things, focus on God. And when we do focus on God it gives those little things meaning. Seems like a good plan and we can go along like this for awhile, until something goes wrong. What happens when we encounter something bad, something that seems not from God?

In this verse the author addresses just that. He tells us to remember that while God made the good, He too made the bad. No matter what the circumstances, He will be glorified. Through life, through death, through hearache, through happiness. God is still soverign, God is still in control.


In His love,







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