Echoes of Wisdom

So I’ve been in the Book of Ecclesiastes (4 years in Bible college and all I learned was to spell that…totally kidding…or am i?)  this week in my personal reading.

This book is one of those mind-blowing, only God could inspire it kind of things.

The whole theme of the book is that there is really nothing worthwhile in a life lived outside of God. You can try to fill your bank account, drink as much as you want, have as many hook-ups as you can…but the end result is the same:

Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (Ecc 11:9, NIV).

Sure we can live it up, per say, but Solomon tells us “but know” that all th e things we do will be called into judgment when we die.  If they don’t meet God’s holy standards, than we will be in trouble.

Solomon, the author and the wisest man of all-time, he makes it a point to let the reader know he tried pleasure, drunkenness, shananagins, (my paraphrase) amassing wealth, and labor…but he concluded that “all is meaningless” (Ecc. 12:8).

Also, however, Solomon concluded:

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13, NIV).

The whole duty, or purpose of a human being is to fear God and keep His commandments.  I find that fascinating because it’s so revolutionary – so counter-cultural to 21st century thinking.

Most of the time – and as Solomon even writes about, we begin thinking that for some reason life was created for us…and that we should be happy.

Here’s a thought:  maybe our definition of happiness is askew from its original intended meaning.  We begin to think that we want to just be “happy.”  While this is a noble goal, i can observe from my life that happiness is just an emotion – and emotions fade away, thus you can’t always “feel happy.”

We seek to find this “happiness” and make a point to do whatever we can find, and then we always wind up “unhappy.”

Why is that?

It’s because unless you include God in your life, you can’t have joy – the real happiness.  You will never find your purpose, meaning, or contentment in seeking to “be happy” all the time.  It’s just not possible (unless it’s drug induced, and trust me, I’ve been there and it isn’t happy).

God has created us for one purpose:  to glorify Him in worship and how we live according to His inspired words in the Scriptures.

Imagine if the whole world would begin to be selfless instead of selfish, what kind of incredible things would happen!

Just some thoughts!

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
(Ecc 12:13 NIV)

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