“ In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.” — Ecclesiastes 7:14
Prosperity Gospel Christians would have trouble with this biblical truth.
Far too often, many of us (myself included) cling tight to God during days of prosperity. We thank God for all of His blessings…and rightfully so. But when days of adversity come, our reaction is much different. We worry and pray for the difficulty to go away. We question, “Why God are you doing this to me? Have I disappointed you?”
When a loved one dies, there are many questions, especially when there seems no reason for the loss. A righteous man will live a short life while a wicked person seems to live a long life. This does not seem fair. (Ecclesiastes 7:15). The days of adversty are heavy, but only our Father in heaven is worth trusting…especially when we do not understand why.
Depending on a popular leader (or pastor) is vanity because that leader will ultimately leave, either through death or after the rising up of another popular leader. (Ecclesiastes 4:16). Our Father in heaven is the one we must all lean on in both times of prosperity and in times of adversity. He is the one we follow. We trust him always.
The Preacher of Ecclesiastes searches out meaning for circumstances that all men and women face. He discovers that all things under the sun are ultimately meaningless and a vapor. His conclusion is for man to not trust in the life of this world, and instead to hold on to the promises of our Creator God. God has made prosperity AND adversity so that man would be forced to depend on Him in all things. Worrying about circumstances beyond our control in this world is a vapor. Our struggles produce no results other than separation from our Lord in heaven. Lean on Him. Trust Him. This is the lot of man.
“For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity, but God is the one you must fear.” — Ecclesiastes 5:7
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