We begin another book in the Bible written by Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1-6). Ecclesiastes is a reflection on the real meaning and purpose in life.
Solomon was a guy who truly had it all. He had wisdom and knowledge, wealth and prosperity, health, popularity, a huge family, an entire kingdom at his fingertips, and lots of pleasure. What more could a man want?
And yet, Solomon takes us through his realization that everything, separate from God, is meaningless. All the stuff we work to accumulate on our own will never be enough. God is the source of the good life we all desperately want AND need.
Our relationship with God breathes meaning and joy into the life God Himself has designed especially for us, no matter what season we are in.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Finding that sweet spot, where our efforts and passions align with God's great purposes for us, is where we realize the greatest blessings.
That's huge, right? But, Solomon also offers this awesome advice for finding our Godly sweet spots.
Go near [to God] to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know what they do wrong.
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in Heaven and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
Go to God. Slow down. Talk less. Listen more.
A prayer for today-
Thank You for making everything beautiful in Your time and for placing eternity in my heart. I thank You for all the beautiful things in my life ________________________.
Forgive me, Lord, for being too quick with my mouth and hasty in my heart.
I want to hear Your voice in my life. Speak to me, Lord. Tell me how and what and when to pray. Fill me with Your presence.
[Spend some time listening to God]
I pray for all those people and circumstances (near and far) that You have placed in my heart today.
You are Lord and Savior, our Redeemer, and the wonderful Counselor all of us need to live life to the fullest.
In Jesus' holy name I pray,