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PESSIMIST OR OPTIMIST?

Ecclesiastes – written by a pessimist or optimist? I would have to say written by someone who is a bit of both.

The author undertook great projects, sought pleasure and amassed much wealth, but afterward he declared it all meaningless. He tells us that the fate of humans is just like that of the animals, both come from dust and return to dust.  Anything that is accumulated in life is left behind, you can’t take it with you to the grave.  All that we acquire is left to someone else and who knows what they will do with what we have left behind, either in a wise or foolish manner.  And yet, after he says seeking pleasure or being prosperous is meaningless, finding satisfaction/enjoyment in our work is a gift from God. 

Let’s not spend our lives in getting ahead through meaningless activities or acquiring wealth. In the end, we are told to fear God and keep His commandments; this is our duty.

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TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

“Two are better than one!” But why? Especially, when you consider the fact that many times the two will eventually have to become one, and this fact alone can be a physical, emotional, and spiritual beat down…why not just do life alone? Women today don’t really need a man, just stay single! Why not set a goal and accomplish it by yourself? Because people bring drama, and sometimes it’s much easier to just keep folks out of your business.

Two are better than one because it’s in God’s blueprint for us to not do life alone. Design is the KEY! Doing life alone is possible, but it is not His design. And when you ignore the way something is designed you abuse it or it breaks and stops working.

So in these verses, Solomon reasons, why do life as one? Why do life without a spouse or a child or a friend or a community of fellow believers? Life is given to be shared and experienced with others. Why handle the doctor’s report alone? Why not have someone to laugh AND cry with? There is a fulfillment in life that will never be experienced without others.

I remember a time I was struggling with sin. I did all I could to carry this burden alone, but inside I was overwhelmed. I remember being so burdened that I burst into tears talking with my dad. I don’t remember what we were talking about. I don’t even think I was truly present and listening. All I knew was that the turmoil inside was about to spillover, and I couldn’t hold it in any longer. After sharing my struggle with my father, he prayed with me. And all I can remember driving back to college was this feeling of freedom. I can’t really explain it. I was just overjoyed inside because I no longer had to carry this weight and burden alone.

I don’t know what you are going through, but just know today that “two are better than one!”

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