John Currid Writes
Solomon understands something of the providence of God He gets at the heart of it all in the first half of Ecclesiastes 3:11, when he says, ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’What exactly does that mean? In the Hebrew sentence structure the word ‘everything’ is the first word, and it is what is being emphasized. All things, whether weeping and laughing or mourning and dancing, have their place in God’s marvellous, all-encompassing plan. The reality is that we, as finite creatures, do not see or understand God’s plan in its fullness. That is what 3:11c means when it says, literally, ‘man does not know what God has done from beginning even to the end.’ But believers trust and know that one glorious day we shall see that everything was done by God in its most proper place and time. It will be one of the wonders of eternity. Indeed, this is how believers are to comprehend the operation of the universe; that is, by the providence of God It simply makes sense of things; it provides proper meaning and purpose.
Many Christians have a difficult time accepting the absolute providence of God in the affairs of men. Spurgeon’s comment on this is enlightening:
‘Men will allow God to be everywhere except on his throne. They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and to make stars. They will allow him to be in his almonry to dispense his alms and bestow his bounties. They will allow him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends his throne, his creatures then gnash their teeth; and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and his right to do as he wills with his own, to dispose of his creatures as he thinks well, without consulting them in the matter, then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on his throne is not the God they love.’