Reflection: If this was true for the Teacher 3,000 years ago, how much more so for us in our “info-glut” moment? More information is available to us now than at any point in human history – but making sense of it all is no easier.
I find strangely comforting the reminder that, as overwhelmed and confused by the state of the world as I often am, those who claim to know exactly how things stand are fooling themselves.
We have a responsibility to discern what we can; to act justly and to walk humbly before God. But we must act on incomplete information, and trust that God – who alone comprehends the nature and consequences of all things – can make good our efforts at faithful obedience.
Question: What is your response to the wealth of information available to you? Are you tempted to paralysis, or to confidence that you understand how the world works?
Prayer: Lord God, I am thankful today remembering that, though I cannot comprehend what goes on under the sun, you are the one who sees and knows all. Please take the good works I attempt in your service and bring good from them in a complex world. Amen.