Day 49 reading happens to also be the 100th post to this blog. When I started the reboot, I didn’t plan that I would be doing this. I realized that it would be a good challenge for me to try to blog through the Bible in 90 days, and that it would force me to write at the same time.
The most important part of creating habits is repetition. Sure there are days that I don’t want to have to do this, but my routine is now second nature that throughout the day I am reading and making mental notes of verses that stick out to me. It continues to be a challenge, but it is fun too. As I have said in the past, I know that it isn’t getting a lot of readership, but that wasn’t a goal of doing this.
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon are still here in the wisdom books. Lots of things that we can takeaway from these books.
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Meaningless, Meaningless, Meaningless. No Matter how hard I work, it will always be there. Wealth don’t matter. Power don’t matter. Religion don’t matter. Work don’t matter. Pleasure don’t matter.
Trying to replace God with anything other than Himself is Sin. Once we’ve realized that, and once we’ve returned God in the correct and rightful position, we can use the gifts that He’s given us (wealth, power…) for His purposes. Only then, will those things and our lives be meaningful.
I have to remind myself of how rich Solomon was. He had everything at his fingertips. The Houses, Vineyards, Parks that he built were grand scale. He didn’t find meaning in these projects. The parties that he had and the people he must have had in his tribe of followers had to have been CRAZY. Again, no meaning in those relationships and those parties. His wisdom remained with him during this ‘experiment.’
Nothing will fill the void that our lives have except for Christ.
God has put eternity into man’s heart. God’s gift to man is to take pleasure in his toil. My work should bring joy in my life. Work should not be work. It doesn’t have to be a punishment. It isn’t necessarily what God intended at creation, but we can make it a blessing to others and to ourselves.
We need others to work together with. Others will lift us up and support us. We can lift our friends up and support them. Together, we are better than individual by ourselves.
When offering sacrifices, listen…
Wealth and honor are meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 6 – 7
If prosperous, be joyful. During adversity, consider that God has made the one as well as the other so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and does not sin. Seeking schemes in the name of wisdom is more bitter than death.
Those who fear God will do well. Man can not know God’s ways. We see bits and pieces of His work, but we don’t see the whole picture.
Whatever your hand finds to do… Do it with all your might. <– Awesome reminder for us.
Ecclesiastes 10 – 11
You do not know what will prosper. Enjoy your youth, but know that God will judge you.
Remember your creator. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. God will bring every deed into judgment with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
The Song of Solomon 1-8
I couldn’t resist.
So… this book… I guess the most widely viewed interpretations is that it is poetry centered around a man and woman. Husband and wife. The book covers ever aspect of marriage: Attraction, dating, courtship, honeymoon, intimacy and sexuality. It will show conflict, romance, and infidelity. (ht: Tommy Nelson)
The book lays out what seems to have been intended at creation that marriage is to be celebrated when man and woman leave all that they have and come together in union. Together. Genesis says that it wasn’t good for us to be alone, so God created a partner to do life with.
Many do believe that within the book we can also see the love that God has for his people or Christ’s love for his church.
Very easily, you immediately realize that the love that God intends for us to experience is important.