Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter?… (8:1).
Today, I found myself wondering, how do people make it through life without Him, without His Word, without His Holy Spirit, without His Presence and without His Help? For without Him, the most educated, the most learned of scientists and philosophers are left to dependence upon a three-pound organ in the cranium, that supposedly was developed by billions of random mutations over billions of years, in order to ascertain the answers to all of the complexities of life.
Proverbs and Ecclesiastes sometimes speak of the principles of wisdom that when practiced, even the unbeliever will benefit from, such as controlling one’s temper by thinking before reacting.
…A man’s wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam, (8:1).
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent, (Proverbs 17:28).
However, true wisdom is always equated with the Lord, and is attained through the fear of the Lord and ultimately results in coming to know Him.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding, (Proverbs 9:10).
But the truth is, even when we do know Him, this life is fraught with questions. Often times things just don’t make sense, things don’t add up; and it seems as it has been this way since the beginning of time. Those in authority practice injustice and seem to get away with it; delayed punishment of crime seems to remove any deterrent to blatant disobedience of the law; the wicked seem to be blessed while the righteous suffer. No wonder people often adopt an either nihilistic or hedonistic philosophy, to their own demise, in a vigorous, yet futile, attempt to drown their confusion in immediate gratification.
For apart from the wisdom of God, no matter how much study, how much research, how much logic or how much time is devoted to unraveling the mysteries of this life and the hereafter, well, we may as well strive to restrain the wind or attempt to control death.
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen? 8 No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it, (8:7-8).
For there is only One Who can unravel the mysteries of life, only One Who knows every answer to all of life’s questions, Only One Who Is the Author of all of life; and only One Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter.
Consider Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter?… 16 When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), 17 and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, “I know,” he cannot discover, (8:1, 16-17).
He Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter, for it is all His work, and He alone is God.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
14 With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding? (Isaiah 40:13-14).
He Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter, and He reveals His thoughts to those who have received His indwelling Spirit through faith in Christ.
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ, (2 Corinthians 2:10-16).
How do we respond to Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter?
Really, all of Ecclesiastes comes back to this one truth: we are absolutely incapable of interpreting the mysteries of life apart from Him; for all of our faculties of observation are deceived by a heart so desperately sickened by sin.
“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Oh, let us pray we will take to heart the true admonition of this inspired book of God’s Word; for when we are in Christ, we don’t have to do life without Him, without His Word, without His Holy Spirit, without His Presence or without His Help.
But oh, how desperately we need to learn to live by faith. Let us begin by turning our eyes away from the vanity of thinking that somehow we have the capability to interpret every matter of life; for then, rather than being governed by Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter, we relinquish control to a heart sickened by the sin of pride and the sin of anxiety, believing our worry will somehow be of some assistance and thinking we have to take care of things ourselves.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27).
Let’s let this thought sink in regarding His Interpretation of the Matter about His children… we are valuable to Him!
Value is the amount of money or goods or services that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; it is the worth determined by the price that is paid.
So moved in His love by His Interpretation of the Matter, He regarded our eternal destiny worth His precious and perfect blood!
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).
How can we not trust Him? We must choose to tune our hearts to seek Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter.
When the uncertainty of the unknown entices us to think we can handle it on our own and trust in our own way, let us acknowledge our need for Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter with confident assurance that He will lead us straight in His Interpretation of the Matter.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight, (Proverbs 3:5-6).
When the weight of the unknown threatens to overcome us with worry, let us trust every Matter into His capable and loving Hands, for He Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter has promised He will never forsake us.
The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You, (Psalm 9:10).
for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5).
Rather than succumbing to pride and anxiety, He has told us exactly what to do. Pray, ask, and thank Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter. And when we do, we may not have all the answers to every question, but we will have something so much better… His peace that will guard our hearts and minds, far surpassing the need to have every question answered.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:6-7).
And when we come in humility, thanksgiving and faith, and pray and ask Him Who Knows the Interpretation of Every Matter, we can be certain that He will Interpret for us great and mighty things we could never have even imagined.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3).
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen, (Ephesians 3:20-21).