Archive for January 26th, 2013

Ecclesiastes 8

Ecclesiastes 8 teaches us about wisdom and the impact of evil.  It begins with “A man’s wisdom makes his face shine”.  We learn throughout scripture that wisdom is a very powerful gift.  And it is a gift.  We can’t figure it out on our own.  God alone is the author and giver of wisdom.  Man cannot learn it or discover it on his own.  “I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun”.  We don’t figure it out.  God reveals it to us.  He enables us to have wisdom.  My definition of wisdom is ‘seeing things through God’s eyes with God’s perspective’.  It is the ability to see things God’s way.

We go on to learn that man is not immortal physically. Here is the newsflash.  Every one of us will die.  There is no other outcome.  Life is short, it will end, and we need to prepare for it before it happens.  “No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death”.  So many people believe they will have another day, so they put off preparation.  That is so foolish and the opposite of wisdom.  The truth is that we will be dying before we are likely ready or expecting it.  Death comes on its timeline, not ours.  And the only response we should have is to be prepared.

Preparation happens in multiple ways.  We first need to get right with God so we are ready for the time we stand before Him to determine our eternity.  Death ends our physical life, but not our spiritual one.  In fact, we move from the physical realm to the eternal spiritual place.  The determining factor is what we have done with our sin.  And that boils down to what we have done with Jesus.  He alone is the solution for sin.  He alone can set us free from the punishment of sin, which is eternal separation from God.  We also need to have prepared our legacy plan and set up what will continue after we are gone.  That consists of getting things ready for life after we are dead.  We can’t do it after the fact.  It can only be prepared ahead.

The author reminds us of the impact of sin.  “Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. But it will not be well with the wicked”.  Sin is what wickedness really is.  Sin is missing God’s mark, falling short of His requirements.  We all sin.  Scripture is clear about that.  So the bottom line is that “it will not be well” for us.  We will be spending eternity away from God if we don’t deal with it.  Sin is an eternal problem that can only be solved with an eternal solution.  Jesus is the solution.  His love which led to death on the cross provides us grace that can set us free.  Have you received that gift of salvation?  If not, today can be the day!

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