Excerpts from Ecclesiastes

This morning I read Ecclesiastes 8-12

Here are a few verses that stood out, and some things the Lord showed me. Praying for all of you who truly believe, that you’d have a blessed day walking with God!

Ecclesiastes 8:12, “Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.”
– Some people are tempted to think that it doesn’t really do any good to live Godly. Here we discover that “it will go better with those who fear God…who are reverent before Him.”

Ecclesiastes 9:9, “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your…life that He has given you under the sun, all your days…for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.”
– How huge is that my friend? Live joyfully with the wife whom you love! I removed the words “vain” and “vanity” because I know that every person and even every pain has a purpose…nothing is in vain.

Ecclesiastes 9:10a, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all of your might…”
– It was Jim Elliott who said, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Ecclesiastes 9:17, “Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.”
– When it comes to listening to a preacher, it “should be” all about content, not delivery, and definitely not volume…but not too many people see it that way nowadays.

Ecclesiastes 11:5, “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything.”
– We don’t know how, but we do know that God is moving like the wind, and we should be growing as His children, we don’t know how, but we’re confident God is making everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Ecclesiastes 12:9–11, “9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.”
– He still taught…(even though people are more interested in delivery or eloquence – 9:17). He sought to find acceptable words, acceptable to God, words that are upright, and true. The words of the wise are goads of conviction, and nails of a cross whose end is death to self, and whose origin is the Savior Himself. God help me to take up my cross. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13–14, “13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
– Drop the mic 🎤 Solomon.

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