One of the main thoughts from Ecclesiastes 5 is that we need to listen to God throughout the day. He can say something to us through another person, a book, a movie, through art and music. Most of all, He speaks through the Bible, the experiences we go through, and during our time of prayer. A successful prayer life takes preparation, time, and daily renewal. It’s important to set aside a time to be with God and listen for instruction on what work to get done.
From reflection upon Ecclesiastes 6, the thought is that people are acquisitive and the earth is productive yet there is a sense that something is missing. What’s missing is true joy and forever fulfillment. Life is like running a race. Each day with God, we try to go the distance by going His way because when we lose ourselves in His purpose for our life, we gain energy along the way and we see possibilities we didn’t see before. At the end of life’s journey, our desire should be to hear these words, “well done my faithful servant”.
After contemplating upon Ecclesiastes 7, I found that we can learn from difficult experiences or tough times and help others to possibly avoid what we had to go through. Lord Byron once said, “Adversity is the path to truth”. One idea is to take in the principles from the Bible and apply them each day; to take thoughts of excellence and hammer or hone them on the anvil of everyday living. This requires preparing the heart and mind for the path to freedom. As I develop this Blog and This Day with God devotional, that’s what I strive to do.
As I then journeyed into Ecclesiastes 8, I noticed that Solomon continued to give wisdom about life. For example: he noted that the riddle of life is very hard to solve, he wrote about justice, about punishment, and God’s moral principles. Truth will always be truth and God’s truth is solid. We should be careful to protect character and do nothing that would compromise integrity but be honest with ourselves; having the attitude of wanting to know where we fall short and what needs to be done.
Now the plan is to learn more lessons as I finish my journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. Next is Ecclesiastes 9-12 so be sure and join me or check in often for thoughts and ideas as I share on a daily basis at: This Day with God.
- Unpacking Ecclesiastes 7 (thoughtfulspot.typepad.com)
- Bent – Ecclesiastes 7:13 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)