December 21 – What is Beautiful is Appropriate

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB)

Do we ever wonder about the BIG WHY? Why did God put us where we are in this life? Is there some great significance that we are destined to do or be? Everything: Every activity or event for which a culmination point may be fixed. Has been made beautiful. Another translation uses the word ‘appropriate’ and the same word in Ecclesiastes 5:18 is translated ‘proper.’  This is reflects the statement in Genesis 1 “God saw … it was good.” Even in our world cursed and weakened by sin, our activity should not be meaningless. It is our fickle hearts and corrupt gratification that results in the failure to trust the wisdom and sovereignty of God.  God, in His plans, has providential control and has made an appropriate time for every activity. Solomon acknowledged that God placed a sense of eternity in the hearts of men. We each have a longing or desire to know the significance of our existence and purpose for our deeds or activities. But Solomon also declared that people cannot know the works of God … from beginning to end, that is, we cannot fully know the sovereign, eternal plan of God while on this earth.