Blinded By Personal Perspective
There is a futility that is done on the earth: there are righteous people who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked people who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile. So I commended enjoyment, because there is nothing better for man under the sun except to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the years of his days that God gives him under the sun. When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one’s eyes do not close in sleep day or night), I observed all the work of God [and concluded] that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it. Eccl 8:14-17 (HCSB)
What a tragedy when we perceive justice from our personal perspective. Bad things happen to seemingly good people, innocent people, while bad people appear to have only good things happen to them. Why does it seem the world is turned upside down with the distribution of just rewards? Is it merely a matter of personal perspective because, none of us are able to discern God’s motives for how justice is dispensed? Who understands the mind of God, his purposes and plans?
This explains the Teacher’s message: There is nothing better for man under the sun except to eat, drink, and enjoy himself. Life is a matter of personal perspective to justify what we witness under the sun.
I believe, we must accept what we alone are responsible for and not fret over the choices and consequences of others. Humility demands that we accept the reality that in life there will be those individuals who seemingly are rewarded unfairly even when their rewards do not seem just in our eyes. Why? Because, we must not be jealous for what happens to others. If we truly place our faith in God’s justice and mercy, should there be any reason for envy or criticism? In this lifetime we are not meant to understand all that happens from our perspective. Though we may pray for understanding, why God dispenses his mercy and justice remains abstract. The only ultimate goal of seeking wisdom in this lifetime is that we may realize that we will never know all there is to know. In that simple fact resides the most valuable piece of wisdom we can achieve in this lifetime, which defines true humility.
Remember, in the end of all things we will only be held accountable to God for how we responded to what he allowed us to experience under the sun. We will not be held accountable for how others responded or what rewards we perceived they received. Our attitude and actions must be directed by God’s will, ways, and his wisdom alone. Our prayers must not be to seek justice or mercy for the lives of others, but to understand how we must respond to what we clearly will never fully understand. God’s perspective is beyond our perspective. Ultimately, our faith should declare God’s good and perfect purpose prevails even when we perceive injustice being doled out upon the innocent or mercy and compassion upon the guilty.
Pray only for peace regarding such concerns so that you may humbly live out your days under the sun, able to perceive what matters most: Our personal relationship with God, and leave the rest up to Him.
Words of Wisdom #244-28EC