Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 7 gives us some wisdom.  “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools”.  The writer reminds us that honest interaction is the best way to relate.  We often don’t want to hear the truth, but being praised and hearing the song of fools is not really good.  The better way to relate is to speak the truth in love, even when it is hard.  Rebuke is never fun, but often so important and powerful in the life of the one who receives it if delivered well.  Of course the purpose of rebuke is not to be better than another, but to speak truth and help shape another into God’s ways.

The writer goes on to talk about a subject I wrestle with, patience.  “The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit”.  Are you a patient person?  Patience is a willingness to wait.  Often it means to wait on God’s timing, which is difficult.  We often want to believe that patience is a sign of weakness.  But it isn’t, rather it is a sign of true strength.  We tend to idolize the proud in spirit who seem self-confident and want to be noticed as such.  But pride is often the thing that comes before the fall, and we see here that what the world often says is more, is actually less.  Patience is the character quality we need to seek.

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it”.  Wisdom is such a precious gift.  We need to realize that it is valuable and worth pursuing and protecting.  Wisdom and knowledge preserves life. It is a very important thing to gain and protect.  It is a gift that we should cherish and hang on to tightly.

The writer also reminds us that none of us is good enough to make it ourselves.  “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins”.  Everyone is a sinner.  Not most of us – all of us sin.  Scripture tells us here and in other places that there is NOT anyone who is righteous.  We cannot live a life that is that perfect.  Sin is unfortunately something we are all guilty of.  We fail, and fall, and sin.  It is the reality of the world we live in and the life we live.  That is why Jesus is so important.  He is the only way to deal with our sin problem.  What have you done with Jesus?

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by arlend on January 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    that is very true sir

    Reply

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