For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?
King Solomon is speaking of the anxiety that we feel every day. The fear and worry that we go through no matter how wonderful our lives may be. We still operate with a small amount of fear and doubt about the future.
It’s a fear of the unknown. No matter what anyone my try to tell you, there is not, there never has been and there never will be anyone who can honestly predict the future.
You might say, well what about the prophets?
The prophets of the Bible did not look into a crystal ball or talk to the dead or spirit world and predict the future. The prophets, through the wisdom of God, could look at a situation and realize where things were headed. They could see when man turned his back on God, denied God’s existence and turned to idols, that calamity was sure to ensue.
It’s like if you see someone standing in the middle of the road and a truck is bearing down on them. You don’t have to be Einstein to know what the outcome will be if that person doesn’t move. You would be making a very educated guess about the future but the outcome still isn’t one hundred percent certain. The person could jump out of the way at the last possible second, or the truck driver could slam on his brakes or swerve and take out someone or something else. But you are wise enough to know the outcome if they don’t move and the truck stays on course.
The prophets knew this and through having God in their hearts and wisdom from God in their heads, they were warning the Israelites and all of mankind of the trouble that will come to pass unless they changed their ways. The prophets were warning man about the truck barreling down upon them and unless they changed their direction and got out of the way, heartache, sorrow and death would follow.
Solomon is speaking about how we fret and worry about the future as God has made us aware of time and space. God has given us the reasoning to know that things will change every day. God has given us the knowledge that the universe is constantly in motion and we really don’t know where it is going. So we worry about decisions we’ve made and the outcome. We worry about the unknown.
No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. There is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it. All this I observed while applying my heart to all that is done under the sun, when man had power over man to his hurt.
In these verses Solomon speaks of the only certainties in life. We will all die and we will always have evil.
So what is my take on all of this?
Things change. Good times go to bad and back to good. Sometimes there are more good days than bad days and sometimes there are more bad days than good days. You can’t do anything about it because it’s all part of the balance of the universe.
What you can do, is deal with it as it comes your way. How do you deal with it? By having God in your heart which will help you place wisdom and understanding in your head. Seek righteousness and you will find the ways to deal with all that life throws at you. Although anxiety will always be there, it won’t stop us from using the gift of life that God has given to us.
For as Solomon says:
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
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