Solomon tells us today that no matter how hard we rack our brains, we cannot know God’s ways in the way that He does.
Ecc 8:16 In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people’s burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night.
Ecc 8:17 I realized that no one can discover everything God is doing under the sun. Not even the wisest people discover everything, no matter what they claim.
Even the most learned philosophers across time have yet to understand the secrets of the universe.
Why do things happen the way they do?
Something that recent that is certainly confounding is the Kennedy dynasty and tragedy.
Before becoming President, JFK lost both of his siblings, one had health issues, the other dies in a plane crash. Then JFK is assassinated in 63, 5 years later his brother Bobby also suffers the same fate. Then JFK Jr dies is a plane crash!
The coincidence of something like that tragic happening has to be about 1 in a billion!
Why did it happen? Only God knows. Historians call it the Kennedy curse, but why were the cursed? Were they even cursed? Was it a massive multi-generational conspiracy? Some like to think so, but the reality is, they don’t know either!
That’s just one example of the different events that have occurred at the hand of God that completely leaves humanity dumbfounded.
Solomon is alluding to that as well, no matter how studied we may become in the arts, sciences or philosophies, man cannot understand the ways of God.
This is a very humbling reality for us, that unfortunately breed cynicism. But the fact remains that God is God, and we are but the Creator’s creations.