Happy Son-day family!
By definition, the keyword in Ecclesiastes is the word “ecclesia” which simply means “Church”. So to me, it is a solid message to the “Church” from a King who could have asked anything from God, but yet chose to have wisdom.
So this morning, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I rarely quoted anything from this blessed book of Ecclesiastes, so as my heart always seeks for rest and love, I opened this book to Chapter 7 for rest and looked for my blessed verse 13 for love and what I found was a clear message of maturity.
“13Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
14When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
15In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
17Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?
18It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.”
So as I close, I too noticed a pattern under the sun. That when mankind seeks for rest and love, God pushes maturity.
This blessed book that is aimed wholeheartedly towards the Church or to the believer, ends in this;
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (notice the order)
“13Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
14For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.”
Once again verse 13,
“Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.”
Truly the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.
In His most Holy name, Jesus Christ,
Your brother in our quest for maturity.