Theological Realism
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Theological Realism

Ecclesiastes 8:14-17  (ID: 3425)

Many experts claim to have the answers to life’s most difficult questions. God’s Word, however, teaches that we are limited in our understanding and that God’s ways are inscrutable. Indeed, the writer of Ecclesiastes observed that “all is vanity.” But we are not to grow bitter and sullen. Instead, Alistair Begg encourages us to heed Scripture’s advice, taking joy in life’s simple pleasures and applying our hearts to know wisdom as it’s been revealed by God.


Man Cannot Know God's Ways

14There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

16When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one's eyes see sleep, 17then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.