Friday, April 18, 2008

The futility of us... the centrality of Him.

All throughout Ecclesiastes, the theme of vanity, meaningless life, toil, and trouble are apparent, and nowhere more so than in chapters 8-10 that we'll be looking at on Sunday. Solomon searches out every possibility that remains in his quest for something worthwhile. Pleasing the king, or rebelling; following the law, or disregarding it; Even trying to be wise may not get your far, because it seems our fortunes are up to chance.

In fact, there are only two things Solomon appears to know for sure. First, try not to die. For whatever reason, it seems dying is not a good thing to Solomon. Second, God reigns!

Through this entire section, the one unchangeable, unshakable, unaffected, righteous, and generous character that we see is God. Take some time, if you can, and read these three chapters, focusing particularly on the lines that reference God. Notice the reverence that is given Him that Solomon does not even give other royals like himself. No matter what we see in this fallen world, we must continue "holding on to faith and a good conscience" (1 Tim. 1:19) saying "God be praised" in all circumstances.

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