God and God ALONE
Category : General
Ecc.7: 13 (KJV)
13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
The lyrics, ‘God and God alone is fit to take the universe’s throne. Let everything that lives reserve it’s truest praise for God and God alone’ was rightly said by Steve Green.
The scheme of Divine Providence, the course of events which God orders and controls (3:11). It comprises both events which are “straight,” i.e., in accordance with our expectation, and events which are “crooked,” i.e., which by their seeming inequality baffle our comprehension. What we are to understand by “the work of God.” This is an expression often used in the Scriptures, and has different significations. In one place it refers to the two tables of stone, containing the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God and given to Moses. In another to the reception of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith (John 6:29-30). In a third to the progress of the Gospel, and to the influence of the Holy Spirit in the heart, by which a radical change is effected, and holy tempers produced (Romans 14:20). In the text it is evidently used to point out to us the infinitely wise arrangement of all the situations and circumstances of the sons of men: that the bounds of their habitation are marked out by Him to whom all things in earth and heaven owe their existence
It has been noted that this is addressed to those who thought the former days better than the present, and were ready to quarrel with the providence of God, Ecclesiastes 7:10; and are therefore advised to consider the work of God; not the work of creation, but of providence; which is the effect of divine sovereignty, and is conducted and directed according to the counsel of his will, and is always wisely done to answer the best ends and purposes: everything is beautiful in its season; contemplate, adore, and admire the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, displayed therein; it is such as cannot be made better, nor otherwise than it is. Such is the nature of his providence, that it puts money into the hands of few: but wisdom is within the reach of all. The first is not necessary to happiness; therefore, it is not offered to men; the latter is; and therefore God, in his goodness, offers it to the whole human race. The former can rarely be acquired, for God puts it out of the reach of most men, and you cannot make that straight which he has made crooked; the latter may be easily attained by every person who carefully and seriously seeks it from God.
Be thou reminded that no man can withstand, or correct, or alter any of God’s works; and therefore, all self-tormenting fretting and discontents at the injuries of men, or calamities of times, are not only sinful, but also vain and fruitless. This reason implies that there is a hand or work of God in all men’s actions, either effecting them if they be good, or permitting them if they be bad, and ordering and overruling them, whether they be good or bad. And God is here said to make things crooked, as he is said to make the hearts of sinners, fat or hard, Isaiah 6:10, and elsewhere, not positively, but privately, because he denies or withdraws from men that wisdom or grace which should make them straight. Here we see that true wisdom won’t try to change or deny what God has done. Rather, the truly wise man will submit to and accept how God governs this universe.
Have a great and godly day!