Consider the work of God;
For who can make straight what He has made crooked?
Reading through Ecclesiastes can be quite a challenge. This book, however, is so relevant for our current situation. Chapter 6 tells us that if the LORD is not in it, man cannot enjoy his health, wealth, children and constant labor to fill his needs. Life is a struggle!
12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
Who can tell? Isn’t that it what troubles most during these times? Who knows? What will happen during the outbreak of this virus? Where will the economy go? How soon will this trial be over with?
Chapter 7 of Ecclesiastes says that it is
2 Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart.
The news tell us the numbers of people of different countries who have the virus. Of all of these, they mention, that many — telling us a certain number again — died already.
Death is a word we don’t want to hear. From a distance it is easier to talk about it. If it happens close to us — whenever a pregnancy ends in a miscarriage or stillbirth, a close relative or spouse or parent dies — then it is quite disturbing and interrupting our lives.
We know, of course, that when saved people die they are going to be with the LORD. Hallelujah! What stirs up our emotions, however, about our own death and the death of loved ones, is the uncertainty of the how and when. God tells us, though, that it is not up for us to know certain things.
We need to trust in Him and His infinite wisdom. He makes all things work out together for good for those who love Him. That’s what He says in His Word. Don’t despair. Trials are there to remind us that we depend on God and that we so desperately need Him.
Consider the work of God.