Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Revering the God of Purpose

“I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:14 ESV)

All things have their season (3:1-8); appointed by God, made "beautiful" and appropriate (3:11).  A person seeks to know God’s ways, what has been and what lies beyond, yet they cannot (3:11).  The author knows that God's purposes are settled from ages past to ages future; they are set and fixed, and no person can alter these purposes even in the minutest way.  God will ensure that His decrees and principles come to pass; as they have in the past so they will in days to come.   God has done this as a means by which humans will be driven to a sense of ‘fear’—reverence respect and awe.  Rather than life being an endless and vain repetition, the natural cycle testifies to the God of order Who purposed all things.  People should desire to seek Him and give Him honor and reverence.

The author’s insight ‘beyond the sun’ continues.  He sees the fixed and set purposes of God standing as beacons of hope rather than despair.  These should cause one not to resent God, but to revere Him.  We must seek for God in the everyday, not just in the ‘big moments’.  In the passing of each day, the circling of the years, opportunity is present to find and honor God; to ‘fear’ Him.  In this way we may find meaning as creatures of God’s fixed purposes—not accidents or products of random change.