Verse 1 – Who is like a wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? And man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the sternness of his face is changed.
When you make a right decision using God’s wisdom, are you not happy? Yes, and it will change your countenance. You will show it on your face.
Verse 2 – I counsel you, “Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God.”
Verse 3 – “Do not be hasty to go from his presence, do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleased him.”
God has given commandments that we are to keep. When you go away from the commandments you promised to keep and start following the opposite, take heed, it won’t turn out good.
Verse 4 – Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, “What are you doing?”
When someone has the nerve to ask a king, “What are you doing”, it’s like asking God,”Are You sure? What do you think you are doing?” As if He doesn’t know the end result.
Verse 5 – He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; and a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment.
Even though Solomon was talking about a subject who is under his authority, we can translate it to: Do you trust God’s judgement and timing of when He will bring a thing to pass?
Verse 6 – Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, though the misery of a man increases greatly.
Verse 7 – For he does not know what will happen; so who can tell him when it will occur?
This is why we wait on God to complete a thing. Waiting doesn’t mean inactivity, we still prepare for what God is about to make happen.
Verse 8 – No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, and no one has power in the day of death. There is no discharge in that war and wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.
Verse 9 – All this I have seen, and applied under the sun: There is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
These verses are focusing on God’s governance of the world; it struggles with the question of why evil sometimes seems to triumph. Example: Cruel people rising to power; wicked people being honored in public; evil people avoiding punishment; and good people suffering.
Verse 10 – Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity.
This is quickly forgetting how evil a person was after they die. This is usually done by people who say they were really, “a good person” when you know good and well they weren’t. Evil, manipulative, and deceiving people do not become saints after they die, just because you loved them!
Verse 11 – Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
It’s easy to keep sinning when one doesn’t feel the consequences immediately.
Verse 12 – Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.
Verse 13 – But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Verse 14 – There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
Verse 15 – So I commanded enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor for the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.
Enjoy every day that the good Lord gives you because “He’s got this!”
Verse 16 – When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night,
Verse 17 – Then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.
Man will never fully comprehend all the works of God, it’s impossible. There is always more questions than answers. Don’t let what you don’t know about your future destroy the joy God gives you today. Learn to trust Him.