“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”Ecclesiastes 3:11
What would happen if everyone who prayed, received exactly what they asked for? Take just a few moments and seriously think about that question, because once you do, you will see how our human reasoning is inadequate to understand the workings of God.
While God is God and He can do whatever He wants to do, there are some things that just won’t happen. For example, there will be people of both major political parties praying for the outcome of the election in November. One group will be pleased with the results, while the other will not. There was no way for God to give everyone what they thought they wanted. That is why, as much as I love the first part of this verse, it is the second part that really speaks to me today.
…..he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
We cannot possibly know what God is doing in our minuscule moment of time on this earth. But we can know that what He is doing requires our trust and obedience — especially when that seems so counter intuitive to our perceived needs. Whenever we go to God with our hearts, we must always pray, “If it is in accordance with your will and your plans, Lord . . .”
Some people see such words as a disclaimer — a way to explain why prayers aren’t answered as asked. I see it differently. I find it reassuring to know I don’t have to come up with the solutions — that by praying “Your will God, not mine,” I am able to rest the in the assurance that He knows how all things fit into a grander plan than anything I could have imagined.
But don’t let that stop you from praying for the things your heart desires. Just always remember that when His “no” or “wait a while” are the answers you get, use the time in the waiting room to grow spiritually. You may never know on this side of heaven how all the pieces fit together, but some day you will in the eternity He puts on your heart.