Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.
We have all asked the question how do such evil people get away with doing such evil things and yet here I am toiling away doing it the right way and getting nowhere?
In Ecclesiastes 8:11 King Solomon is addressing that question because just as today, people had the same thoughts in ancient times. To quote Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”.
Solomon addresses how we as impatient children want it now. We want our justice carried out when we want it and how we want it. And if we can’t have it when and how we think it should be then, to quote Eric Cartman, “Screw you guys, I’m goin’ home.”
We become Eric Cartman, the child whose heart is set on doing evil because we feel there is no consequence for our actions. Like children we lack the foresight, insight and patience to realize all actions have consequences.
Solomon does continue to address his statement.
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Solomon isn’t guessing at this and I don’t think these were words just put in his mouth. God did put these words into Solomon through his blessing of wisdom, but Solomon knows these words because he lived these words. By being patient, insightful and attentive to life he learned this lesson.
God gave him the wisdom as it is given to all, but Solomon was disciplined and honest enough to utilize God’s gift. The gift that most of us as children don’t know exists and then ignore as we grow up.
Solomon addressed the issue further in the next four verses.
There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun. When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one’s eyes see sleep, then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
Here is what Solomon is telling me.
Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. You may think it’s not fair and you may not be happy about the outcome but it’s not about YOU.
It’s about faith. It’s about believing that justice, maybe not your brand of justice (remember it’s not about you), but God’s justice will be served. “…it will be well with those who fear God…it will not be well with the wicked…”
Why is it like this? We will never know as man, that’s our fate and that’s what makes faith, true faith, very hard.
So as Solomon says numerous times in his writing, “for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”
Grow up from the child whose heart is set to evil because thing aren’t going the way you see it.
Life is hard, life is unfair. Why, because that’s just how it is.
All you can do is eat and drink and enjoy your toil and believe that a justice beyond your comprehension is waiting.
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