Jun 20 (Daily reading: Ecclesiastes 7-12) More of Solomon’s conclusions from Ecclesiastes:
6th conclusion: “Consider the work of God, for who is able to straighten what He has bent? On the day of prosperity be happy, but on the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other…” (7:13-14). As Jesus said, the Father “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Mt. 5:45). Paul found the secret: “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Ph. 4:11). This does not imply fatalism. We do whatever we can to change our situation: “If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength” (10:10). We can always sharpen the axe!
7th conclusion: “Behold, I have found only this, that God made people upright, but they have sought out many schemes” (7:29). We cannot blame God for our trouble and say, “This is the way God made me.” God gave us a free will; we can use it to do what is right in God’s eyes, or we can use it to fulfill our own schemes.
8th conclusion: “Just as you do not know the path of the wind, and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes everything” (11:5). If God was restricted to what we can know and understand, think how much that would limit His activity! Praise God that understanding His activity is way over our paygrade!
9th conclusion: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years approach when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” (12:1). Teach your children to begin loving and serving God when they are young, before life slips up on them!
– Al Gary