Focus Verse: 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. (14)
God is not only good when times are good. God is always good. Since this is the case, we can be happy in any situation that we may find ourselves in.
Focus Verse: Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. (12)
In verse 14 of this chapter, Solomon writes that he found it meaningless that the righteous often get what the wicked deserve while the wicked get what the righteous deserve. He might as well have asked that age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t know why the wicked often prosper while those who do what is right seem to catch more trouble than a little bit. Solomon didn’t know either and he was like super wise. But one thing he did know – in the end, those who fear God will ultimately be blessed.
Focus Verse: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (10)
In work or school or play, put all your heart into all that you do. If you’re going to love someone, really love them. If you’re going to learn something, really learn it. Whatever you decide to do with your life, do it with passion and vigor and might. All that we can do for God should be done now. Don’t delay! Death awaits. None of us can avoid it. When we’re lying in the grave, we won’t be able to work or plan or learn or love.
Focus Verse: One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” (3)
Cornelius and his family knew of God and they knew about God, but they did not know God personally. However, we see from verse 2 in this chapter that they desired to do right and sought to know Him by praying regularly. Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” God is not far from any one of us; whoever truly seeks Him, will find Him.