Let God be God (Ecclesiastes 7:13-18)

As I worked through this section of Ecclesiastes, I realised that I’d been inadvertently claiming to know more than God. I’d been saying, in effect, “If I were God, I’d do a better job than God is doing now.” Arrogance had been lurking in my heart that I’d not even seen. The ways of God are difficult to comprehend, but I do believe they can be trusted.

Gaining Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 7:7-12)

The way of wisdom is to consider things in context, to look at the bigger picture, and to see where things are headed. We can be overwhelmed if we merely focus on what’s happening now. God has a plan and there are good reasons for hope. Ecclesiastes pushes us to seek his perspective.

 

The danger of FOMO (Ecclesiastes 6:1-6)

They say not to judge a book by its cover. I say don’t judge a person’s enjoyment, happiness, or satisfaction by their Instagram posts. You don’t really know what their lives are like or where their hearts are at. It’s so easy to envy an image, and it’s so meaningless. Why would 3D look at 2D and say, “I wish I was just like her!”?

 

Good gifts from God (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20)

God has given us good things for our enjoyment. We should enjoy what we’ve been given and thank the giver. But be careful not to turn the good things into ultimate things.

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You can’t take it with you (Ecclesiastes 5:13-17)

You Can’t Take It With You by Paul Kelly

You might have a happy family, nice house, fine car
You might be successful in real estate
You could even be a football star
You might have a prime-time TV show seen in every home and bar
But you can’t take it with you

You might own a great big factory, oil wells on sacred land
You might be in line for promotion, with a foolproof retirement plan
You might have your money in copper, textiles or imports from Japan
But you can’t take it with you

You can’t take it with you though you might pile it up high
It’s so much easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye

You might have a body of fine proportion and a hungry mind
A handsome face and a flashing wit, lips that kiss and eyes that shine
There might be a queue all around the block
Long before your starting time
But you can’t take it with you

You might have a great reputation so carefully made
And a set of high ideals, polished up and so well displayed
You might have a burning love inside, so refined, such a special grade
But you can’t take it with you

Inspiring words by Paul Kelly, inspired by the words of Jesus. There are eternal risks in living for stuff that we can’t take with us anyway.