October 16, 2019

Ecclesiastes 7:10-14

Martin Luther once said, “Enjoy the things that are present in such a way that you do not base your confidence on them, as though they were going to last forever . . . but reserve part of our heart for God, so that with it we can bear the day of adversity.”

Wisdom gives us perspective. You cannot move forward with the Lord when you are always looking backward. God’s goodness remains from one day to the next. So we must keep our focus on today. Part of a life lived in faith is accepting prosperity and adversity from God without being able to explain how everything will be worked out for the future. We cannot change what God ordains, so the wise faithfully accept what God sends.