Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Whew! Has Ecclesiastes affected you the way it has affected me? It's been somewhat of a hard read, but so full of exactly what my family has needed from God's Word, right now. I think, for me, it's been a hard read because Solomon seems a bit pessimistic. That's not my personality. I am "Ms. Let's always look at the good in everything." That point of view works for me. Positive, positive, positive! However, I do understand why he felt this way.
"The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow." ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18
Solomon was the wisest man. He asked God for wisdom, and God granted his request. But truly wisdom can bring grief. The more we know, the harder life seems. Have you ever been enlightened with information you wished you had not received? There are just some things I don't want to know about. Wisdom can become overwhelming. I think that is what set Solomon's tone. However, he learned much and with that, he wanted to share what he knew.
I want to share a few verses that spoke to me through last week's verses. Our family has been offered a big opportunity but with it comes a BIG decision. As we have made our decision on this opportunity God has used many of these verses to speak to us.
"So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who pleases Him. This too, is meaningless - like chasing the wind." ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear Him." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11-14
"It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:13
"It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it." ~ Ecclesiastes 5:5
"And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life - this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past." ~ Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
How did God speak to you, this week? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments!
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Ecclesiastes 6
Tuesday - Ecclesiastes 7
Wednesday - Ecclesiastes 8
Thursday - Ecclesiastes 9
Friday - Ecclesiastes 10
Keep reading God's Word!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.