Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ecclesiastes 7-12

Ecclesiastes 7-12 wraps up King Solomon's reflection on life's meaning.

Is it just me, or does Solomon really seem to be struggling in his own thoughts?

God has blessed Solomon with a beautiful life and wisdom, and Solomon keeps searching for "more."  

The word "meaningless" comes up again and again as he discusses day to day life.  And, every time I read it, it stirs something deep inside me.  

Solomon's mind has taken him to a low, it seems.

"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher.
  "Everything is meaningless!"

All of us encounter times like these when life takes us to hard and "meaningless" seasons, times when the world doesn't make sense to us.  "Things" can pile on until we can't breathe.

When we are discouraged and run down by busy schedules, difficult circumstances, financial pressure, health issues, and relationships that need our attention (to name a few), we have to get out of our own heads and let the Holy Spirit take over.

I cling to the fact that God's purposes for us are so much bigger and better than any problems weighing us down.

God is our sustaining "more" in life, here and for eternity.

In praying to God about everything, we find His transforming grace and powerful love the fills us with joy, refreshes our souls, and directs our steps.

As Solomon concludes, knowing God and living out His will, obeying Him, is where all of us find purpose and everlasting meaning in life.  

Now all has been heard
  here is the conclusion of the matter:
  Fear God, and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for making me with Your own hands and giving me life.  Thank You for my strengths and my weaknesses, my experiences (failures and successes), my skills and my resources.  

Forgive me for all the times and ways I take Your gifts for granted.  Forgive me for letting my circumstances overwhelm me, distract me, and weigh me down instead of trusting You.

Help me keep my focus on Your great and specially designed purposes for me.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Lord and Your joy.  Refresh my soul that is so prone to growing weary.
Keep my eyes and my heart open to Your constant presence and transforming love.  Strengthen my hands, especially when I am weak.

I pray for all those who are struggling to know the fullness of Your love and find Your purpose and meaning for their lives.  You know them by name, and You know the details of their struggles.  Work Your grace and power in their hearts, please Lord.  

You are our Rock and our Redeemer.

In Jesus' name I pray,

In Christ's love,
*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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