Ecclesiastes 7:10 – Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – We can learn from the past, to help us live in the present, not to relive the past successes or repeat the past failures.
My Advice – Do not live in the past (thinking they were better) or dwell on the past (regretting mistakes made). The past is the past, the present is a gift.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 – When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Pursuing joy, happiness and contentment are more likely to result in wealth than the other way around. God knows that those who pursue the former at the expense of the latter are more likely to be good stewards of the latter. On the other hand, those that pursue wealth at the expense of joy, happiness or contentment are more likely to not find the latter even if they achieve the former.
My Advice – Should you find wealth, enjoyment or happiness wherever life takes you, give thanks to God for His gift. If you find all three, you are truly blessed. Few find wealth and are able to enjoy it and be happy.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: to be born to die, to plant to uproot, to kill to heal, to tear down to build, to weep to laugh, to mourn to dance, to scatter to gather, to embrace to refrain, to search to give up, to keep to throw away, to tear to mend, to be silent to speak, to love to hate, for war and for peace. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – We should do our best to be prepared for whatever season we are encountering. To make the most of the good seasons and to persevere during the bad.
My Advice – You will encounter many seasons in your life. Some good and some bad. Enjoy the good and learn from the bad. Be thankful for the good and for the lessons learned from the bad.
Micah 6:8 – What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Many envision God as He seems to be depicted in the Old Testament as a God of wrath and judgment. In contrast, Continue reading “Desire What God Desires”
THE FIRST BOWL – The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. (Revelation 16:2)
“Ugly and painful sores” describes oozing, open wounds or ulcers, that are similar to Continue reading “The 1st and 2nd Bowls”
Ecclesiastes 7:11 – Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The context of this verse is the pursuit of pleasure and excess that left the writer empty. He was indeed chasing the wind. That is why he found everything meaningless. He was chasing with the wrong motive.
My Advice – Make sure what you chase after in life (career, goals, house, education, recognition, etc…) is worth the chase. Check out your motives. Are they based upon greed, envy, ego, dissatisfaction? If so, you will most likely not be satisfied even when you “catch” what you are chasing.
Proverbs 30:7-9 – Two things I ask of you O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Once we begin to pursue things that exceed our needs, we begin to get ourselves into trouble. Too much, leads to greed. Too little leads to irresponsibility.
My Advice – Be careful of setting too much of your heart on success and wealth, lest you become greedy, envious or feeling self-sufficient. These things can easily become the object of your affection rather than God.