Archive for January 28th, 2013

Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes 9 reminds us of the reality of death.  We are going to die.  Life is short, and it matters.  Our writer begins by reminding us that God is in control of all things.  “But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God”.  Everything we do is in God’s hands.  He is the author of life.  He knows all our deeds.  He examines each and every bit of what we do.  And the sad reality is this: “the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead”.

We often hear people say that man is generally good.  That isn’t what scripture tells us here, or in many other places.  Truth is that man’s heart is full of evil.  We are not by nature good, but unfortunately sinners by nature.  We fall short of God’s requirements.  We live in the madness of sin.  And it is the reality of our life.  We can change that – by allowing God to have control and letting Jesus and the Holy Spirit take charge.  But left to our own heart, we are in a heap of trouble.  We all will die.  And scripture reminds us that what seems so important to us here on this earth will be quickly forgotten here.  “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten”.

Does that mean that what we do doesn’t matter?  Absolutely not.  Life matters much.  God has called us to put off our sinful ways and live a life pleasing to Him.  We need to live well.  And we need to live that way every moment “for man does not know his time”.  I can assure you that your time will end, but I do not know when it will happen.  So we are told to “enjoy life with the wife whom you love….because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun”.  God has given us life so we can live it fully. Jesus came to give us life in abundance. We are to live it with those He has placed in our patch and enjoy it – walking with Him as we work.

We are told to work with all our might.  Check out what the writer says about work.  “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”.  Work is another thing we need to do with all we are.  It matters how we perform in the workplace.  It is a reflection of who we are.  And believers, more than anyone, should give their full effort in the workplace.  It reflects on our walk with Jesus.  The writer ends reminding us of the power of wisdom. “The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools…. wisdom is better than might”.  Solomon asked for wisdom as his gift from God.  We would do well to ask for the same.  Wisdom is powerful.  It can defeat might.  We need to seek wisdom, but also listen to the wisdom around us.  It is better than might!

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