Life under the sun in 2021

As we enter 2021, we look forward to a better year. The recent past has been full of difficult and confusing events. Our inability to make sense of life’s contradictions or control matters is often frustrating, but would it surprise you to learn that that is how it is meant to be?

You see, God has barred us from knowing, controlling and making sense of life ‘under the sun’. It has been the same since Adam grasped at being God in the Garden of Eden! After an exhaustive search for the meaning of life ‘under the sun’, the preacher (probably Solomon) said in Ecclesiastes 8:16-17:

“When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one’s eyes see sleep, then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out”.

So, how should we live ‘life under the sun’ in 2021? Listen to the preacher’s conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13:

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”.

To trust and obey God is the key to living wisely! Enjoy the good things with a grateful heart. Don’t try to second guess God when the difficult things come, and be content to leave matters in His hands…which is where they should be!

– Phil Pratt