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May 12 2020: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
 
WORD:  beautiful
 
The Hebrew word used here is yapheh, which is most often translated as beautiful (especially when it refers to a human).  The word can also (and often is) translated as fine, as in the description of the sleek and fat cows in Genesis 41; or as fitting or appropriate as in Ecclesiastes 3:18 – ‘it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink, and to find favor in one’s toil.’
 
I suppose, don’t you – that where God is involved; a God whose character is love and good – all is well.  Maybe not in our time, in our season…but certainly in God’s time.  Perhaps this is what Paul was getting at when he wrote that all things work together for good…
 
God has made everything beautiful in its time; that means not only each uniquely created person, but every event has the potential of holding the divine; of holding something beautiful or appropriate to the character of God.
 
This is a huge concept; and I suspect one that can alter our perspective not only on people, but also on situations in which we find ourselves.
 
What about you?
What word?
What image?
What question?

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