Ecclesiastes 8

“For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him” (v6). The Preacher believes that wisdom is helpful (v1,5), yet he cautions against thinking that we can figure everything out. We don’t know the day of our death (v8), and we don’t understand why bad things happen to good people (v14). Yet even with these uncertainties and troubles, joy is possible for those who humbly accept God’s simple gifts and trust in Him.

“Yet I know it will be well with those who fear God” (v12). The “time and way” isn’t always clear to us, yet we can be confident that in the end all will be well.