The future of the American economy is uncertain. Forecasts range between moderate growth and collapse. While discussing a more dire economic forecast with my father, I felt myself wanting to do something more than lean on the certain things of heaven such as God’s mercy, God’s care and provision, God’s love, God’s sovereignty, etc. That’s comforting. I know I can trust God with the future. But is that all? Should I move investments? Remove all cash form the bank? Buy gold?
God wants us to trust him. He also wants us to act wisely. Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 11 provide some good advice for difficult times:
- Diversify because you don’t know what is coming. (vss. 1-2)
- Be prepared for things you cannot control (vss. 3-4)
- Work hard at various tasks that will bring fruit. (vs. 6)
- Enjoy life (vss. 7-8)
- Remember the difficult days; learn from them; be thankful for good days. (vs. 8 )
- Enjoy youth and good health while you have it. (vs. 9)
- Follow your heart and your vision, but also your conscience, since you will stand in heaven one day. (vs. 9)
- Banish anxiety from your heart. (vs. 10)
True to his theme in this book, among all these statements, Solomon interjects “Everything to come is meaningless.” Everything on earth is meaningless and brings no hope. So we use these things to enjoy life while showing trust in God and helping others. We look forward to the hope of heaven where everything is meaningful.