- Those things in this
passage that Solomon views as monotonous actually demonstrate the
stability and unchangeable nature of the Lord. The sun continues to rise
and set, the wind never fails to blow, and the waves continue to crash on
the sea. Granted, our lives have no effect whatsoever on this. This may
illustrate that our impact on the Kingdom, no matter how much effort we
put forth, will not be as powerful as the things that God accomplishes
every day without fail throughout eternity.
- While wisdom and pleasure
may bring temporary relief and comfort, in the end the result for everyone
is the same. We all die. Fool and wise, depressed and joy-filled all die
and are forgotten by most.
- We all die. Everything
that we have acquired falls apart or rusts away. Apart from the blessings
of the Lord there is nothing worth living for.
- The best attitude toward
life is to take it as it comes and realize that things will change. There
will always be another day. Some will be filled with blessing while others
will be filled with challenges. Enjoy the good time and don’t forget that
during the bad times that they most certainly will not last forever.
- In this life wickedness trumps justice; the oppressed are overpowered by the oppressor; most of what we struggle to obtain does not matter; and all of the honors and achievements in the world don’t amount to much of anything in the end. Since you have to go through all of this anyway you need to be sure that you don’t go through it alone.
- Friendship helps us make
it through the tough times that are inevitable in this life.
This is why prayer and worship were meant to be done in community rather than alone.
- We need to take God
seriously. We need to approach Him with our ears open and our mouths
closed and be very careful not to make promises to Him that we have no
intention of keeping.
- Money doesn’t necessarily
bring evil, but it certainly can’t keep it from happening. Whether or not
one can enjoy their wealth in this life is dependent upon the Lord. More
often than not the wealthy are never satisfied and lose sleep over how to
acquire more and to keep that which they already have. In the end a
stranger is going to end up buying something of theirs at the estate
auction anyway for a twentieth of what you paid for it in the first place.
- The only things that
should truly concern us in life are those things that we want to be
remembered for in death. To help find the balance one need only keep the
fear of God as their central focus.
- We need to be careful
about reacting to quickly to our circumstances. Sometimes it is best just
to hold steady and wait for things to turn around on their own rather than
taking matters into one’s own hands. Always look to those in leadership
around you and follow their advice even when you think that quick action
The fact that life isn’t always far is a stark reminder that when you can enjoy times of joy and feasting – do it! The time will come when the feasting will end. Life isn’t about the party of course, but enjoy the parties that you can have along the way. The ultimate party is yet to come!
- The Christian can look
beyond the grave because of the hope that we have in a risen Christ! Yes,
we do face the common end of the wicked in that we stand in judgment
awaiting our fate before a holy God. But, beyond that the path of the
wicked and the righteous are no longer the same. The eternal end of the
righteous is radically different from that of the wicked due to the
assurances secured for the believer in the resurrection of our savior.
- Natural talent needs to be taken advantage of but is no guarantee of success. Luck has a lot to do with it. The wisest are not always the wealthiest or those in position of power. Many were merely born at the right place at the right time and new the right people. Often times their servants are more qualified to rule than they are. Such is life. Do the best you can with it. In the end the playing field gets leveled at the cross!