Read: Ecclesiastes 8
While there are many important truths in today’s reading, I will highlight only two. The first is found in verses 5 and 6.
Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.Ecclesiastes 8:5-6
Too often when faced with a difficult situation, it’s easier to choose what feels good than what is right. Paul reiterates this same idea in his letter to the believers in Corinth.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.1 Corinthians 10:13
Does choosing right seem less desirable than what feels good? There is a way already prepared for you to get out of the trouble you face. You just have to choose it.
The second is closely related to the first and is found in verses 12 and 13.
But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off. The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.Ecclesiastes 8:12-13
Sometimes I am distracted from doing right because I focus on others who are doing wrong. They seem to prosper and never have trouble even though their choices are not in line with the word of God. Take heart! The wicked do not prosper forever, it only appears that way.
In psalm 73, Asaph laments that the wicked prosper while he suffered despite his good choices. I understand his angst. Choosing right is not always easy. I love the action Asaph took to get perspective….
Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.Psalm 73:17
Time in God’s presence will bring clarity to the injustices we perceive. Have you done that today?