MY LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021
WHO KNOWS WHAT?
Main Text: Ecclesiastes 7:14
‘‘When times are good be happy, but when times are bad consider God has made the one as well as the other’’
Ecclesiastes 6:12 – For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
When Mr. Weng lost one of his horses, his neighbour expressed sorrow for his loss. But Mr. Weng was unconcerned. He said ‘‘Who knows if it may be a good thing for me? Surprisingly the horse returned back home after few days with another horse. As the neighbour congratulated him Weng again said ‘‘Who knows it may be a bad thing to me’’ , As it turned out, his son broke his leg when he rode on the new horse. This seemed like a misfortune until the army arrived at their village to conscript all able bodied men to fight for their country in war. Because of the son’s injury, he escaped the conscription, which ultimately spared him from possible death or injury at the war.
This ancient wisdom has a close parallel in Ecclesiastes 6:12 where the author observed ‘‘who knows what is good for a man in life’’? Indeed none of us knows what the future holds. An adversity might have positive benefits and prosperity might have bad effects.
Each day offers new opportunities, joys, struggles and suffering or afflictions. As God’s beloved children, we can rest in His sovereignty and trust Him through the good and bad times alike. God has ‘‘Made the one as well as the other’’ (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
GOD IS WITH US IN ALL THE EVENTS IN OUR LIVES AND PROMISES HIS LOVING CARE.
Prayer: Sovereign God, thank you for ordering our life. Help us to praise you in both good and bad times, believing that you work all things for the ultimate good of them who love you.BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: firstname.lastname@example.org.