Ecclesiastes 11:5 Mystery of God #166

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could plan out everything? This might not be such a tempting theory for spontaneous people, but for those who tend to be type A, like me, it sounds glorious, does it not?

Ecclesiastes 11:5 says, “Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”

Solomon reminds us in this verse how limited our understanding of the world is; we are unable to truly understand the magnificence  and greatness of God’s power. Jesus in John 3:8 says, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.” And just like we are unable to comprehend the path of the wind, we are also incapable of truly understanding the mystery of a baby in a mother’s womb. Such a beautiful mystery it is!

God is always at work, but we will never know all the details of what he is doing. Just as Acts 1:7 says, It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority” and Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God is above all things. We are not supposed to know the times or dates that he will act. All we know is that his ways and thoughts are always higher than ours. That is not easy, is it? But, if you knew all the details, would you need him? This is why faith is needed. So much of your relationship with Jesus is such a mystery. That is why it takes faith to trust him, especially in all of the activities you can’t understand.

Don’t spend time trying to figure everything out. While it’s smart to prepare and plan when you can, trust that God knows what he is doing. After all, he is the one who “does all things.”


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  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:43h, 12 December Reply

    Boy did I need this today, friend. Thank you.

  • Keri McCue
    Posted at 10:22h, 12 December Reply

    Man is this so hard so for to learn haha Seriously, it’s something I have to give to Him daily. To trust in Him and His ways and to let go of the urge to “need to know and understand”. Thank you for this reminder, friend!

    Posted at 06:49h, 13 December Reply

    Such a hard lessson to learn! I definitely wish I could have everything go according to plan. My plan that is! But there is a reason!

  • torthúil
    Posted at 10:30h, 13 December Reply

    What a lovely verse! I was not familiar with that one, thanks.

  • Kristy
    Posted at 08:28h, 14 December Reply

    Just the reminder that this Type A, lives by post-it notes, must have control kind of girl needs 🙂

  • Marci
    Posted at 08:28h, 18 December Reply

    Ran across one of your posts o Pinterest. Are there more “Mystery of God” posts somewhere? I can’t find them!

  • Marci
    Posted at 08:29h, 18 December Reply

    Ran across one of your posts on Pinterest. Are there more “Mystery of God” posts somewhere? I can’t find them!

    Posted at 08:30h, 18 December Reply

    This applies 100% where I am at today. I am a planner and I live out of one too. When things don’t go exactly how I have designed in my mind or on paper, at times I feel like my world is turned upside down and at a loss.

    Thanks for this post.. I needed a little reminder..

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