Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and who man is, is known. But he is not able to contend with the One stronger than he. For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for man? For who knows what is good for man in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can tell man what will happen after him under the sun? Eccl 6:10-12 (HCSB)
Okay, let’s face the facts as they are! We are a creation and God is our Creator. As such, everything we know and will ever know is a result of God’s grace and grant. However, does that mean we will ever know all that God, our Creator, knows? Of course not!
With that statement made, then why do we struggle to control what we can never fully understand? Why do we fight for what we can never fully possess? There is no originality that man can truly claim in this world, except who we choose to become. Yet, we were created as we uniquely are by God, our Creator. With that said, why does man try to rule, to have dominion over everything and everybody else? Is the created trying to usurp the Creator? As Solomon asks, what advantage do we have in such a struggle?
However, our Creator does give us the choice: follow Him or try to walk with our own abilities in a world that man can never own or possess. Even the things that man tries to grasp, he cannot hold onto nor fully understand and then in the end, like a vapor he leaves this world in the same fashion he arrived, empty handed and alone.
Why would anyone try to walk in this life on their own understanding, or try to accept another man’s understanding as their guide? Was man with the Creator when he was created? Was man there to help God create all the creatures and things of this world? Every attempt man has made to understand is but a shadow of some truth, because man can only speculate and wonder about what he does not know, nor will ever know for certain in this lifetime.
The Bible states: “Who has gone to heaven and returned to share the truth about God?” The Bible also says that “no man has seen God as He is and lived.” In that sense, man in our current existence has not earned the right to stand before God, and thus we would be consumed in His glory. Only by His grace and mercy will we receive His invitation to walk with Him after this lifetime has come to an end, and we have come to the point in our life that we have surrendered our lives to God’s will, God’s ways and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. When we have accepted His invitation that was given through His Son, Jesus, who walked among us to share God’s message, then we will understand the Creator and His love for His creation.
For those who desire to walk in their own understanding, I pray you will come to the point soon to realize what you assume to be truth and knowledge is but a shadow that keeps you from knowing the truth and the reality of the origin of truth. Also, I pray you will come to accept that in this lifetime we will never know everything, but we can know what we need to know so that we may experience the Truth, the Way and the Life that reveals the Creator to us.
“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:5-7 (HCSB)