The end of the matter

January 11, 2020 Ecclesiastes finishes with "the end of the matter"; life is short and hard, so live it well by fearing God and keeping his commandments.Solomon offers some practical advice for making the most of our breath of a life on earth. Be generous (11:2), be alert (11:4), be in awe of God and… Continue reading The end of the matter

Find the joy

January 10, 2020 Ecclesiastes 8-10 is another reminder that life is hard. And unfair. And hard to understand. And ultimately everyone dies and is forgotten. Thanks, King Solomon. So, now what? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do wicked people prosper? (Ch8, v14). Solomon struggled with that question the same way we… Continue reading Find the joy

Point of View

January 9 Point of view changes how people receive a message. In Ecclesiastes 7, Solomon described the folly of superficial living, saying that the day of death and sorrow are better than the day of birth and laughter. What?!? Reading a little deeper reveals what he meant: dwelling on the party and dreaming about the… Continue reading Point of View

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4 starts off with Solomon's distress over oppression and his recognition that humanity would never see the end of it. He saw that power and envy are the root of all oppression. This got me thinking about social justice. It's become a buzzword in our culture with plenty of talk about it, but no… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 4

A brief meander through Ecclesiastes

New year, new Bible, new planner, new goals. #Joyful I started sharing my reflections about my Bible study on Instagram, and I've decided to copy the posts here as well. That way, if I get really long-winded I can direct people here for the complete comments. January 6, 2020 Ecclesiastes 1-3 (so far) sounds so depressing!… Continue reading A brief meander through Ecclesiastes