Whatever God does is final ...

So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again. -Ecclesiastes 3:12-15 NLT

There is a fatalism embraced in these verses that teaches us much about the dark reasonings of some when they age. These verses accept the belief that all events are predetermined and inevitable. Some even mistakenly confuse this view with the sovereignty of God. Yet, if one truly shares this blend of fatalism and narcissism they will most assuredly focus their pursuits on eating at fine restaurants and sipping aged wine instead of caring for others.

In contrast to fatalism is a faith that causes us to press in, seek, and overcome. Faith inspires hope in tomorrow while fatalism offers only fear. Faith affirms God's love for us while fatalism embraces the worst of our fears. Faith affirms the love of God while fatalism focuses on the fear of God. When our faith is focused on the whole of God - His sovereignty, His Power and His Love - we have a healthy faith. When we only focus His sovereignty we develop an unhealthy faith.

Keep us from fatalistic thoughts today dear Lord. Help us to with faith embrace the hope of tomorrow.

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