A Few Words of Wisdom
I’ve been wading through the book of Ecclesiastes lately, reading a little here, a little there, skipping around and such. It’s such a great book; so full of wisdom and insight into the human condition. At times it’s downright depressing but then there are always the nuggets of hope and inspiration. Sometimes, you just have to dig a little to find them.
Here’s a few random ones . . .
Ecclesiastes 5:7b, Therefore stand in awe of God. Okay, I’m not even going to try to comment on that one. It says it all in five short words: stand in awe of God. Enough said.
Ecclesiastes 9:10a, Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. My paraphrase: life is too short and too much is at stake to waste it away, make it count. Our time here is limited, that should come as no surprise to anyone, so whatever we do, make sure it counts for something, for goodness sake. And do it with all you’ve got.
Ecclesiastes 9:12, Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. This one really hit home with me. Life can change on a dime. A little fishy minding his own business in a big open lake has no idea what is about to befall him when the fisherman lowers his net. Calamity comes upon him quite unexpectedly and suddenly. His world changes in one heartbeat. The sobering reality is that this can happen to any of us. Evil times come without warning. They catch us in a snare and bring our life to a halt. Solomon’s point here is that no one is exempt from the evil of this world. Sorrow, suffering, trials, valleys, they are no respecter of persons.
The challenge is to recognize calamity for what it is and find safety in our God, stand in awe of Him and watch how he can bring blessing from any trial.