Whatever God Does Lasts Forever
Embracing the Call of Eternity in My Heart
by J.M. Troppello
I admit that I haven’t paid much attention to the book of Ecclesiastes during my life as a Christian. I’ve read through this book. However, aside from the passages to follow wisdom and the well-known passage Everything Has Its Time from chapter 3, the fatalistic musings haven’t resonated with me too much. However, I read through this passage today from Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 and it truly spoke to me.
9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. 15 That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.
(Ecc. 3:9-15, NKJV)
Whatever God does lasts forever. That’s one key point that I can take away from this passage. A second key takeaway is that I’m embracing the call of eternity in my heart.
This passage begins with the same question theme that is also asked in Ecc. 1:3 – is there any real profit to all of man’s toil? I like the explanation from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) on this verse. “The answer here is that all of life unfolds the appointment of God. All the toiling of man cannot change the times, circumstances, and control of events that God has reserved to Himself.”
Yes, that can sound fatalistic and make you think that there is no point to anything anyway if nothing truly matters from all your work. However, I’m looking at it from a different perspective. I agree that God has the perfect plan for my life. Sometimes, I’ve done my own thing which is my permissive will versus God’s perfect will for my life. Yet, there were consequences for those actions. I learned a lot through those experiences. I learned not to do my own permissive will again. I’ve seen how wandering away from God’s will has consequences that I don’t want to experience again.
I love how verse 11 says that God has made everything beautiful in its time. That’s a beautiful summation of the passage from Ecc. 3:1-8 about Everything Has Its Time. God is in control. He will make a way where there seems to be no way.
When you can fully let go and completely embrace God’s perfect will for your life – that can give you a truly peaceful feeling. Yes, there are steps you still need to take. You need to follow God’s leading. Yes, He’s in control. However, submitting to the Lord’s leadership in your life is something that all Christians are called to. As a Christian for 34 years (I got saved at a young age), I still struggle daily with submitting my will to the will of the Father. Yet, it gets easier to submit each day – as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord.
Have you embraced the call of eternity in your heart and accepted the Lord’s will for your life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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