Am I Any Better Off in God's Hands?

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; 6:10-12; 3:18-22; 2:12-16; 9:1-12; 8:16-17

Solomon was troubled that no one, including himself with all his wisdom and wealth, can control his own destiny or fully comprehend God's ways. With great distress, he observed that "time and chance" happen to everyone; sudden tragedy can fall unexpectedly on anyone at any time; death awaits everyone -- good or bad, rich or poor. Not even those in God's hands are guaranteed a long and easy life. "The righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him. All share a common destiny" (9:1-2).

While Solomon found it disturbing that God did not protect his people from hate and harm, his father, David, found great peace and satisfaction in knowing that he was in the hands of God. "You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are!" (Ps. 16:5-6 TEV). "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Ps. 16:11). "When you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things" (Ps. 104:28). David's search for happiness ended in the hands of God, where he was filled with joy and eternal pleasures. Because he knew God, he felt safe in his hands.

As I reflect on Solomon's despairing words, I wonder what meaning my own life has. What joys and sorrows await me? I want my life to have eternal, not earthly, significance. Instead of "chasing after the wind" (1:2), I will chase after the One who holds the wind in his hand (Pr. 30:4). I will lay my anxieties and longings in his loving and capable hands and then curl up and rest there. In his hands, I find an eternal purpose to life. Though not an escape from disaster or death, it is the safest and most desirable place I can be. When I picture myself cupped in the palms of God's hands, I find peace, purpose, hope and love. I find a handful of tranquility (and that's a mighty big handful)! Whether love or hate awaits me, I need not fear. I will trust the One who holds me in his hands.