Thursday, January 26, 2006
TO CHASE THE WIND
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1
Solomon had it all. He inherited the largest and most powerful kingdom in his region of the world. He was rich, beyond compare and the earth bowed before him
We would be remiss in our study of self-control if we did not include excess.
The Word of God addresses the obsession of money, position, and possessions.
Today we’ll look at one man’s soul once he gained it all !
Vanity of vanities, says Qoleleth, vanity of vanities. All things are vanities.
…The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear filled with hearing.
What has been that will be, what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.
There is no remembrance of the men of old…
Eccl. 1:18 ..When I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind.
For in much wisdom, there is much sorrow and he who stores up knowledge stores up grief..
Eccl. 2:18 we see that He hated all the fruits of his labor because he had to leave them to a man that would come after him.
Then in Eccl 5: 19 we read that Any man to whom God gives riches and property and grants power to partake of them, so that he receives his lot and finds joy in the fruits of toil has a gift from God. For he will hardly dwell on the shortness of his life, because God lets him busy himself with the joy of his heart.
God gives us wealth and possessions and only God can enables us to enjoy them.
If we are miserable in our job, only God can make us happy
Contentment with your present position , no matter great or small, can come from Him only.
Besides being wise Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs. He sought to find sayings and to write down true sayings with precision…
The last word when all is heard. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is man’s all….
Lord, let me never have such riches that I forget you , not such proverty, that I steal and dishonor your name.
Never forget to depend on God every single day . Depend on Him to make ends meet. He knows our needs. All things are His to give and take. Ours is to gladly give and to return.
Solomon learned some valuable lessons about excess. May our dear Lord continue teach us too.
…but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well
I am in awe of the messages about everyday life that are in the Bible. We truly live the same life as those in the past. Nothing is new under the sun. That is why the Word of God is such a good guide for life. The Holy Spirit works thru the words to teach us some valuable lessons.
Tomorrow we’ll study about the struggle to gain self-control over the mind and the mouth.
‘On Ya’ - ma