Moving on in our Ecclesiastes today Solomon ponders the different ways of the fool, there were fools back then just as there are fools today:
Ecc 10:13 Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness;
Ecc 10:14 they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.
The news media tends to get caught up in making foolish predictions, a look back at the last 40 or 50 years shows us how many fools have tried to predict the future and looked like idiots. In the age of climate change where it seems like every where we turn, we are warned that the earth is going to be boiling by 2030, it is interesting to note that back in 1977, climatologists were saying the exact opposite, the cover of Time Magazine dawned a photo of a Penguin in the Artctic and beneath it a headline read: What to do in the coming Ice Age. So while today we are told that earth is melting, back then, we were all supposed to freeze to death.
Y2K when the computers were all going to go dark at midnight of the new millennium is something else that TV talking heads babbled about endlessly, only to have gaping amounts of egg on their faces when they got it wrong!
The fact remains, that man cannot predict the future, just as Solomon tells us. Trying to determine God’s ways and somehow co-opt them into gaining attention from other people, is the hall mark of a fool. Solomon also points out that Fools chatter on and on, truer words were never spoken in the age of 24 hour News networks.
On the other hand, the wise man let’s their words be few, because as we know wisdom, is fear of the Lord. All of these new age predictions and philosophies seem to deny the sovereignty of God, they put humanities motives above God’s eternal omnipresence. Proverbs speaks on this in Chapter 20 verse 24, A Person’s step’s are determined by the Lord, how then can man understand their way? Jeremiah 10:23 also says Lord I know that people’s lives are not their own, it is not for them to direct their steps.
In the grand scheme of things, our lives are this tiny little molecule that comes and then goes and will likely be forgotten about contrasted with the expanse of eternity. Meanwhile, God reigns forever, He was always there and always will be. God created all things and determines man’s steps. Trying to predict God’s well in an exercise in futility.