That’s the Life

sand animalsRead: Ecclesiastes 2: 1-26

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Ecclesiastes 2: 16 (NLT) For the wise person and the fool both die, and in the days to come, both will be forgotten.

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1.    Ecclesiastes were Solomon’s memoirs. He started out as a humble man requesting wisdom from God (1 Kings 3:9) and now looks back with an attitude of humility and repentance.

2.    Solomon learned how to make a living, but not a life. Verses 1-16 the word “I” was used about 30 times as he reflected on how all his “success” were “meaningless”.

3.    Solomon laments over the futility of wisdom and that everything is meaningless without God.  Life is a complex mystery, as per God’s design.

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There was a story of a brilliant theologian who lectured before vast audiences, wrote numerous books, and was sought after by other brilliant well educated people. After his retirement, he continued to lecture all over the world. At one lecture, a young seminary student asked, “What was the most meaningful and life changing thought you have ever had in your lifetime?” The brilliant theologian considered the young man’s question carefully before responding, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.” This was what Solomon was expressing about life. No matter the degrees, wealth, or success, it comes down to the one basic premise that without God, life and its accomplishments are meaningless.

When my children were little we traveled to Florida. We would go to the beach to pick up shells and play in the water. One day we made a “sand shark”. We had great fun working hard together. I cherish the joy that memory brings me now. I recall the pride my children took in making it as well as smiles and comments made by strangers passing by. When we returned the next day, we discovered that the tide had washed away all our efforts. Life on earth is temporary. Life with God is eternal, and that’s the life for me.

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Loving Father. You created life so that we, if wise, would remain humble and curious the more we learn. Thank You the gift of curiosity and science. Thank You for sharing the wonder of Your unexplainable mysteries. Thank You the life that I have in You. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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