Hope in One Thing Is Tragic
The most tragic people, I believe, are those who devote themselves into one particular field, like those who compete in sports for instance. That is because they believe that through that one area of expertise alone that they would achieve success in life. These people are tragic to me because when that particular area is closed to them unexpectedly, like some career ending injury for an athlete, they have invested so much of their energy into that particular field, that they don’t have anything left to pursue something else.
Be Prepared for Anything
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 NIV) Have you ever heard the saying “Do not put all your eggs in one basket?” Essentially the saying is talking about the importance of not placing all of one’s hopes for success in one thing. It is important to be prepared for any situation.
Always Be Active
So how do we prepare for life. We must always be active and not be idle. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV) Even the best made plans, no matter how well crafted, can fall short due to the unpredictable nature of this world we live in. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV) Therefore, when preparing for life, it is important to diversify in the things that you do.
Not Knowing God’s Plans
It is impossible for us to predict what the Lord has planned for us. He could open doors of opportunity one moment and then close them the next, or He may shower you with blessings and then all of a sudden He could take them all away. Since we do not know the plan of God, there is no point to complain about it.
The Natural Order of Things
If something we really wanted to do all of a sudden is no longer available, we must not be bitter about it being gone. That is because everything that happens to us is a part of the natural order of things which the Almighty has set in place before time began and it is out of our control. Besides, the Almighty may have something better in mind for you and we won’t be able to see it clearly if we are too focused on the past.
Make the Most of Things
You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see. (Ecclesiastes 11:9a NIV) Therefore, since our time on this earth is so brief and unpredictable, let us live our lives to the fullest. If you see an opportunity to do something, you ought to go for it and not be afraid. You only live once after all.
Don’t Go Overboard
Let’s consider the words of preacher:but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. (Ecclesiastes 11:9b NIV) As we seize the day and seek the desires of our hearts, we need to be careful not to go overboard. When we pursue life, we need to do it wisely. Our short life is not a license to live a sinful lifestyle without consequences. The day will come when each one of us will die and then we will be brought before the Almighty and be judged according to our actions, whether good or bad.
Wisdom Fulfills Life
Wisdom that comes from the Lord God, is the key to living a life that is fulfilling. His wisdom guides us into what ventures to pursue and which ones to avoid. It also prepares us for the unexpected and teaches us not to put all our time into one activity. Therefore, let us pursue the wisdom of the Lord and seize the day.