“Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before Him: but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days,which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 (KJV)
Some may consider it a sad thing for a preacher of God’s Word to say what I am about to say, but I am telling you how I have felt about the book of Ecclesiastes for many years. I have found it troubling, troublesome, awkward, hard to understand, even confusing at times. I have always understood that the final verses of it gives us its best understanding.
In the past few days Ecclesiastes has been a part of my daily reading. I must say that the LORD has spoken to me more clearly through the words of Solomon in this past week, in Ecclesiastes than all the other times I have read it.
Solomon was considered to be the wisest of men in his time, in the days following; is still the wisest of men; except of course, the Lord Jesus Christ. Looking at the verses above he sure had that right.
Those words are an encouragement to all who are righteous that just because evil men or women seem to prosper, and live long lives doing it does not mean they are blessed. There are righteous people who are not prosperous, and who do not have prolonged days on the earth; however; they will live forever in the presence of holy GOD, and will dwell in His presence forever.
What makes a man or woman righteous? Scripture tells us
“There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:10-11
Righteousness is a gift of God come by God’s grace. The righteous are those who “fear God”. We are also told by Scripture…
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 1 Corinthians 5:21
We are all sinners without hope, and God sent His only begotten Son [Jesus] to pay our sin debt. Jesus Christ the Son of God and God the Son became our sin, took the wrath of God upon HImself – upon the cross of Calvary – suffering our shame, our guilt, our judgment, and put away our sin forever. He was buried taking our sin away. He bodily arose showing, declaring that death’s victory was no more.
Solomon was a very wise man. Righteous people need not fear what lies ahead, or question why the evil men prosper. Not all evil men or women prosper. All prosper best when we come to Jesus Christ through His cross.