When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Ecclesiastes 7:14

It’s no use trying to predict whether things will get better or worse. Is this moment the beginning of a new era of prosperity or a defeated collapse? Is this the last gasp before death, or a deep breath before a mighty rush back to strength?

While the Preacher, the writer of Ecclesiastes, was pessimistic Jesus was more hopeful in his understanding of God’s control over the way things are. Don’t worry. That was the instruction. Faith means trusting in God, not scrambling to find insight into things we can’t control.

Does that mean we never care about the things around us? No, but if they cause us to worry, remove the temptation from you. Do as Jesus commanded and do not worry! After all, we can see the future, thanks to Jesus. We have a home waiting in heaven.

Ethan Kirl