Text: Ezekiel 13-16; Ecclesiastes 2
Ecclesiastes is interesting reading. It seems pessimistic as Solomon pours forth the lessons of life – and the truth that so many of the pursuits we hold dear are empty and meaningless. But this is also wisdom literature and we find essential life lessons – ones filled with hope and promise. Like this:
For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
The key to wisdom, knowledge and joy is not effort to study, to learn or to acquire pleasing things. It is to be one who pleases God. When we read the sweep of the Bible, especially the words of Jesus, we find that the realm of pleasing the Lord is found in relationships, not books. It is found in love, not classrooms. And wisdom, knowledge and joy are not acquired by our efforts, but are “given”… these are gifts from God. These are gifts He gives to those who please Him… and even that is a gift from God. If you are in Christ Jesus, if you have put your trust in Him, then you are one in whom God is pleased. And you will be made wise, will be given knowledge and will receive joy. Cool, huh?
in Him, Mike