Today’s Thought: Book 20*Ecclesiastes…

BOOK 20-ECCLESIASTES

The New York Times recently reported on the upsurge students in philosophy courses at major universities. According to the paper, young people are seeking philosophical answers to their growing confusion and disillusionment. Well, they need to read Ecclesiastes, the Bible is built in philosophy course written by Solomon, the wisest man in the Old Testament. After a promising start, Solomon was drawn away from the Lord by the influence of his foreign wives. The resulting despair probably prompted him to write this book. We can track salmon spiritual and intellectual progress by reading all three of his books. Songs of Solomon represent Solomon as a young king – virile, energetic and full of zeal for God. Proverbs represents his mature years and sage advice. Ecclesiastes represents his sunset years as he looked back and realized his life was unfulfilled by money, possessions, education, or pleasure. The premise of Ecclesiastes is that life is meaningless unless God is acknowledged. God has put eternity in our hearts, and without eternal values we will be looking for substitutes. Everything under the sun is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes tells us: without God life is empty as the wind; but the fear of the Lord is a basis for wisdom and for fulfillment, and that’s the only sound philosophy in life. What Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (KJV).

KEY THOUGHT:
Life without God is meaningless

KEY VERSE:
“let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments, for this is a man’s all “Ecclesiastes 12:13

KEY ACTION:
To be happy and fulfilled, we must fear God, obey him, live for eternity, and let him bring meaningfulness to every area of life.

KEY PRAYER:
Lord please grant me the wisdom from above that I may find true happiness and meaning in your ways.

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