Friday, April 20, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 110

One of my favorite Bible books is Ecclesiastes. I'm often shocked to find out how many people dislike Solomon's final volume. "It's so boring; it's so depressing." It's a study in contrasts to me. When Solomon was young he wrote Proverbs. The Proverbs are a collection of sayings that are generally true. It's not so much doctrine as it is practical advice. Solomon's proverbs are accurate, insightful, and wise. The interesting thing about them is that he wrote them when he was very young. Near the end of his life he wrote Ecclesiastes. The things he said in Proverbs were still true, but he saw life through a different set of eyes. He realized near the end that wealth, belongings, entertainment, and status don't mean much in the end. He realized that non of the extravagance that his position afforded him can make a person happy. He realized that the simple things in life are often the best things; eating, drinking, and working are among those he mentions. He wasn't fatalistic (well maybe a bit)he was realistic; his life's experience allowed him to see thing for how they really are. So, if you haven't read Ecclesiastes recently...give it a try! Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Kings 21-22 .

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