The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. —Ecclesiastes 12:13 Ray Stedman: Everything hangs upon that word, “Fear God.” I know that this is a difficult word for us to comprehend. Most of us think of it in terms of … More Understanding the FEAR of God
October 15 Ecclesiastes 12 (ESV) Remember Your Creator in Your Youth 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are … More October 15 Ecclesiastes 12
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman,so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. In Ecclesiastes 11:5 Solomon continues with two more analogies (Keith Krell): Life is unpredictable and mysterious. Solomon says life is … More God’s control over the wind and bones
October 14 Ecclesiastes 11 (ESV) Cast Your Bread upon the Waters 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. 3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on … More October 14 Ecclesiastes 11
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. —Ecclesiastes 10:12 We probably all know foolish people who use many words. I know a few wise people who use many words and are discerning and articulate. Using many words is not necessarily an indicator of one’s … More Using many words is not necessarily an indicator of one’s wisdom.
October 13 Ecclesiastes 10 (ESV) 10:1 Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. 3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone … More October 13 Ecclesiastes 10
ECCLESIASTES 9:13–16 Joe Guglielmo, commentary on Ecclesiastes: Back in 1925 the Italian Freighter, Ignazio Florio, was sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. To the rescue came the United States Liner, President Harding. But the sea was too rough and the ship was in such distress that they could not get a line aboard her. Thus, the … More The truth will never be extinguished or completely forgotten!
October 12 Ecclesiastes 9 (ESV) Death Comes to All 9:1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since … More October 12 Ecclesiastes 9
Ecclesiastes 8:12, in our Bible reading passage for today, reminds us: Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. Carrollton, Kentucky, was the site of one of the most deadly bus disasters in United … More I know that it will be well with those who fear God
Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Be not overly wicked, neither be … More Your best life depends on the fear of God.