“Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labor: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish. Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter? Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter? In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity. For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways. The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered. Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children. Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains. Like as a partridge taken and kept in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall: For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee. Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot. Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.” ~Ecclesiasticus
Works of Sinners
What Ecclesiasticus means by “the works of sinners” is those things made by or deeds done by man, which are not done in accordance with the Law of God. Such creations may seem like wonderful things to materialistic people, but they are not. When are done without taking God’s Law into account, they may harm the environment, waste natural resources, give off harmful radiation, or otherwise cause damage to the world.
Obviously, things like murder, rape, and theft are the works of sinners, but Ecclesiasticus is talking about the less obvious ones. The buildings we build, the statues and monuments, the labor-saving devices that make us fat and lazy.
So he advises us to trust in the Lord, meaning let God guide us in all our endeavors and we will then not be doing the works of sinners.
To Make a Rich Man Poor
While some works of sinners may not warrant such intervention, sometimes karma catches us with these people. Often when these works have made people a lot of money, because they are pleasing to the false god of matter, the Law of the real God will cause them to lose their fortune. Sometimes, however, karma works in more subtle ways. The one will ill-gained wealth may suffer from a horrid disease, have failed marriages, or simply live in fear of losing everything and therefore being unable to enjoy his wealth.
We do have a tendency to forget all the good that has happened to us in life when we are having a brief period of difficulties. It seems to me that this attitude is being encouraged somewhat by those who tell us to live totally in the present and ignore the past. While it is true that our failures in the past often hold us back in the present, it is just as true that ignoring the successes and prosperity of the past during a present time of difficulties makes it harder for us to recover. We get depressed seeing no way out. We may even become suicidal. So there are times when it is good to forget about the past and times when it is even better to remember it. In short, if we are having a good present, don’t worry about the problems of the past, on the other hand, if the present is difficult, remember the good of the past and try to bring it back for the future. We also need to remember that when we do the work of sinners, we reap the karma we have earned.
There is another level of forgetfulness that all of us suffer from and that is spiritual forgetfulness. Because we, meaning Humanity as a whole, did the work of sinners and were pushed out of paradise and into the fallen realm of matter, our ancient ancestors suffered greatly in remembering what they had lost. But after many generations, far more than science accepts, we have forgotten what it was like to live in a realm where there was no death, no disease, no greed, and no want. This may save us from being depressed at what we lost, but it also lessens our desires to return to that place. This can be corrected by awakening our dormant spiritual faculties using the light of the Spiritual Sun and practicing spiritual sun gazing. The awakened soul will reconnect with the realms of spirit and we will want to return there. More importantly, perhaps, we will want to be one of those working on God’s Divine Plan to reclaim the fallen realm of matter and turn it back into spirit. Then the desire to do the work of sinners will fade and we will want to do the work of God with our whole heart and soul.