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I don’t know about you but I feel as if we blew through Ecclesiastes..so much there…so much to apply to our lives. I mean think about it…these Words were breathed by our Divine Creator over 3000 years ago and they are STILL applicable TODAY, does that not blow your mind?
Solomon really puts things into perspective by speaking about death and how it affects everyone and everything “under the sun.” And in his view of the inevitable, he boils most of the things in life down to being meaningless except by seizing the day and obeying our Mighty God. Through all we read, we are encouraged to seize the day….enjoy our food, enjoy our spouse, enjoy our hard work and the fruits of our labor, enjoy our friends and family, our church, and “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with ALL your might…” because once death comes these things will be no more.
Now that you are thoroughly depressed… STOP and think about what Jesus did for us. HE died on the cross for us that we may have the abundant life here on earth and ETERNAL life with HIM in Heaven!!! Because of Jesus, yes everyone will die the physical death in our time….but also because of Jesus, we will never die a Spiritual death.
This life is not fair. Good things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people. We lose people to death whom we love dearly, ones who loved the Lord with all their heart; and as believers we know they are in the best place ever…yet we still grieve the emptiness their loss left in our lives. Sickness, addictions, financial chaos, job loss, and so much more invades the lives of good people …. just as it does the wicked. While we are here we will witness so many questionable things. Good people being punished and wicked people looking blessed (that was an eye catcher). We don’t know when we will die, but God does. (This scripture made me think of all the people in our society today who have and continue to “predict” the DAY and TIME the Lord will return….well DUH….the bible tells us in several places…NOT EVEN JESUS KNEW THAT ANSWER….so NO man can know!! We need to stop looking at others and look inward only to ourselves. 7:20 says There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is righteous….we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Yet in ALL of this time we call “life”….. as believers in Jesus Christ we KNOW…HE has our back …. HE is our Shepherd (12:11) HE is our future!! HE is our ONLY HOPE.
When we “…turn our eyes upon Jesus, look full in HIS wonderful face, and the things of earth will go strangely dim in the light of HIS glory and grace..” We simply can not begin to comprehend or put words on what Heaven will be like. We know it will be wonderful, full of peace, full of love, no sickness, no evil, no pain, great joy……and so much much more.
So are we to do? First take a deep breath…..and THINK about that breath…. God breathed life into us!! Without our breath…we do not live. If God decides that this breath will be your/my/our last breath….then it will be the last one. Once you have thought about that….what is REALLY important? It is God!! God is who is important!! And SHARING what HE has done in our lives …. including HIS precious Word…. isn’t all that worthy of praising HIM ….and sharing with others so ALL may come to know HIM??? Isn’t it worth sharing and reading and meditating upon so ALL can KNOW joy, peace, and comfort here on earth regardless of circumstances?
The conclusion you may have noticed was written in the Third Person. I could not help but to hear God himself reciting it. As if to say, now that you heard all that…let me tell you what the Real Deal is “Respect Me. Fear Me. Live according to what you are being taught my sweet BIBLE reading children, because one day soon each of you will stand in front of me for your day of Judgement”……IF you KNOW my son, Jesus Christ…. I will see you as righteous through HIS blood. If you do not know HIM then you will be judged. Not a politically correct thing to say….but it is what the Word of God says.
IF we are living in the last days, it is more important than ever that we KNOW the Word of God, KNOW HIS love for us and HIS character because in the last days there will be many false prophets. HOW do we tell the fake from the real…..by KNOWing HIS Word and then sharing HIS love with others. I always think about the fact that the angels in heaven CHEER when one soul is saved from the enemy, when one soul comes to know Jesus……so lets learn HIS Word and “pass it on”. “It only takes a spark to get a fire going…”
Sharing HIS mighty eternal love,