Ecclesiastes 11-12 - Fear and Follow

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Interesting observation. I am frequently caught in the 'paralysis of analysis', ever searching for the right or best answer. This weekend, I put up a new closet shelving system in my middle daughter's room. I wasn't planning to, but circumstances presented themselves last week which made this weekend the right time to do it. I planned it, bought the stuff adn installed it in less than a week, a record of sorts for me. My wife commented - "What, you're not going to spend days exploring every option?"

Solomon seems to be commenting on folks like me - ever planning, but never getting things done.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - In the end it comes down to this - Fear God and keep his commandments. I was telling some folks on Sunday regarding my study of Ecclesiastes that the recurring theme was "Enjoy what you've got, work hard and be happy." While I still find this true, the end of chapter 12 gives the context in which that is possible - fearing God and keeping His commands. Solomon says this is the whole duty of man. Not that there aren't other duties that need done, work that we must accomplish in our lives, but that any work we do is to be done in the context of following God.

The conclusion is that there's nothing worth doing on Earth that is done outside that context.

I've learned a lot from Solomon in Ecclesiastes. Mostly, I learned to not worry about the meaning of it all and just be content. Enjoy what God's given me, work hard and be happy. There's a lot of freedom in that.

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Seems that Solomon had a unique perspective of having it all and realizing that all was nit enough without contentment.. something you can really only get from God.



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  • Seems that Solomon had a unique perspective of having it all and realizing that all was nit enough without contentment.. something you can really only get from God....

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