“In the day of prosperity be joyful. But in the day of adversity consider; surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him.” – Ecclesiastes 7:14
Solomon continues to examine life here and says some very profound things. He is looking at the old question of “Why does God allow good times and bad times in our lives?” That is a great question, isn’t it? I mean really, isn’t He supposed to “bless” us? I think this is what Job’s wife was thinking when she told Job to curse God and die. All their riches had been stripped from them, but what was Job’s response? It was much like Solomon here. Job said, “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil (trouble)?” – Job 2:10
When Jesus began the sermon on the mount in Matthew 3, what were His first words? Were they, “blessed are the rich and famous for they shall inherit eternity and you should look to them on how to become rich and famous because they did it and so can you?” No! He said, “blessed are the poor in spirit.” In other words, blessed are those who live for God in all circumstances and think of others higher than themselves. It has been said, “Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.” What a true statement!
When we have wisdom, we gain perspective. And perspective keeps us so that we are not discouraged when times are difficult or arrogant when things are going well. “All sunshine and no rain produce a desert” said a wise man. We can try and plan for our future but we really do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, do we?
As soon as we think we have the formula and got it all figured out, God comes in and changes things up on us. We have to take each day as it comes and enjoy what He has given today. No amount of experience in life we have or how many books on success we will ever read can change the fact that, as a Christ follower, you must always walk by faith.
“Faith laughs at impossibilities and cries, ‘It shall be done!'” – Leonard Ravenhill