An awareness of the realities and uncertainties of life could paralyze us. But Solomon invites us to meet the uncertainty with industry. To be deliberate about how we spend our time and resources. To take great care in what we do and how we do it. Tomorrow is uncertain and circumstances are what they are. We should hold our future plans and expectations with an open hand. Only God is God. Only God is in control. Only God truly knows what is to come.

A key to making the most of our opportunities is in letting go of our compulsion to control. Rather than hoard, invest our resources wisely—in diverse ways—and give generously. In many of life’s instances, the best way to retain something is to release it, to let it go.

We cannot escape the troubles of life. There will be days of darkness that accompany days of light. But we need to make the most of our time on earth. Particularly while we are young and full of energy. Our actions have consequences, both in this life and through Eternity. We should enjoy our days to the fullest, while bearing in mind our responsibility and the reality that we will answer to God for all we do.

Ecclesiastes 11:1-5

God determines what will be and His work is beyond our ability to control or understand. Accepting reality, the best we can do is to be intentional about our stewardship, rather than being paralyzed (or blindsided) by uncertainty.

Ecclesiastes 11:6-8

Solomon calls us to strive to invest our time wisely and maintain an attitude of thanksgiving, even while acknowledging the realities of a troubled world.

Ecclesiastes 11:9-10

Solomon exhorts young men to live joyfully and responsibly while at the height of their energy—investing wisely and making the most of every opportunity, knowing God will evaluate every aspect of life.