Ecclesiastes 7:14 – 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
Have you ever noticed that we have a tendency to ask God “why” when we are encountering trials, yet we rarely ask God “why” when we are enjoying His blessings? For me, “why” has always been an opportunity to strengthen my faith in an area where it might be lacking. “Why did this happen”, for example, is an opportunity for me to trust in the Lord more rather than trying to figure it out all on my own. Perhaps we do not ask God “why” during times of blessing because we do not feel we need His assistance or we believe that we have earned this blessing on our own.
The passage today points out the fact that God has appointed “the day of prosperity” and “the day of adversity” in our lives. That means, regardless of the trial or blessing you are encountering, the Lord is in control of both. To me, that means there is blessing in either situation. During times of trial, the blessing is that our faith may become stronger. During times of blessings, the blessing is the praise and worship we give to the Lord rather than to ourselves. In either situation, why do we ask “why”, if we trust that the Lord is in control either way?