A Time To Respond

A Time To Respond

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Those born in the 1950’s certainly recognize these verses as part of a Pete Seeger song made famous by The Byrds, Turn Turn Turn.  The song has been touted as an anti-war song.  King Solomon was not writing a song for the “peace movement” when composing these eight verses.  King Solomon was reminding us about the balance of the universe.  Continue reading

God’s Gift To You

God’s Gift To You

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

What gain has the worker from his toil?  I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.  I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible and King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in the Old Testament.

The above passage talks about the most recurring theme from all of King Solomon’s writing.

The theme that’s been my words to live by, which is summed up in verse 13. Continue reading

Children Whose Heart Is Set To Evil

Children Whose Heart Is Set To Evil

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

We have all asked the question how do such evil people get away with doing such evil things and yet here I am toiling away doing it the right way and getting nowhere?

In Ecclesiastes 8:11 King Solomon is addressing that question because just as today, people had the same thoughts in ancient times.  To quote Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Continue reading

The Simplicity of Life

The Simplicity of Life

My earlier post was about King Solomon telling us it’s not about what others think of you.  It’s about the simplicity of life and the relationship between you and God.  If you understand your relationship with God the rest will fall into place.

So right after I wrote my last post I read the following verse from the New Testament. Continue reading

What’s Important

What’s Important

Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts.  For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.   All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?  So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

I like the common theme that runs throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, the theme that all is vanity and striving after wind.  What you make, earn, save, spend, or buy is not important because it doesn’t last and neither do you. Continue reading

What Others Think

What Others Think

More Ecclesiastics today.

Ecclesiastics 7:21-22

Do not take heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

I love this book and the lessons of King Solomon.

What is Solomon saying?

He is simply saying what others think of you and have to say about you isn’t important.

Your self esteem and sense of worth should not come from the opinions of others because it’s not important.  What others think about you and say about you is not what matters in your life.

What matters is your relationship with God. Continue reading

A Dream Comes With Much Business

A Dream Comes With Much Business

Ecclesiastes 5:3

For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.

Simple but powerful.

I can’t think of a more eloquent way to say what is being stated in this verse.

“For a dream comes with much business…”

T o realize your dreams requires work, hard work, sometimes a lifetime of work.  Sometimes the dream fulfilled may just be the work itself.  But no matter what work is required, toil each day towards your dream and be happy in your toil. Continue reading