Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 (NLT)
13 Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked? 14 Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.

Solomon contemplates God’s awesome abilities and power. He questions who can straighten out something God has intended for His own purpose. God may put forth desolating judgment and because of His power no one can stop them. Solomon points out there may be times of prosperity, but there may also be hard times. In this world there will be those with prosperity and those with adversity. Those who are prosperous may one day find themselves grieving for the things they lost. Prosperity and adversity can strike the same person at the same time so that nothing in life is certain.

The words of Solomon were written thousands of years ago, yet the truth revealed to him by God still remains today. There are times when there seems to be a general prosperity among man. Yet there will still be those who remain homeless and in poverty even with prosperity all around them. Those who live in prosperous times must realize prosperity can suddenly end and they can find themselves in the positions of others not so fortunate. Look around at this world today. The country of Iceland seized control of its banking system to force mergers or bankruptcies because of the financial failures taking place. This small country has been put in the position of having to negotiate a loan with Russia in hopes of bringing some stability. World economy is such that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has started work on emergency plans stating no country will be safe from the credit crunch that is taking place. The European Union has started to leave countries to themselves to face their financial crisis. Our own government is taking new financial roles as panic sweeps through the markets. Retirement plans are failing as stock markets fail. However, even with the turmoil all around us our God is in control. The book of Revelation tells us, “For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes.” Phillipians says, “He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” Daniel said, ““Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.” So we have an awesome God who has a plan, who is in control and knows what will happen although everything seems like chaos to us. Praise God in every situation for He is with you.