JUNE 7 READINGS...Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6
Solomon reminds us that the loudest voice is not always the wisest. In our day and time, it is. It is not so much those who shout, but those who have the “bully pulpit”. Seems like those that have the platform feel that just because they have it, it gives them credibility. We would be wise to listen to what is said, rather than from where it comes from...discernment is desperately needed in our day and time. Sadly, in every arena of life today we listen to those who have position of fame as if simply because of their personality and position their words have meaning. Once again if we are wise we will listen and receive truth based on it being truth...and rejecting anything false regardless of where it comes from.
Not sure if you have notice that Solomon is not a happy old man. He regrets so much, and seems to even contradict himself in his writings. The platitudes of the wisdom of his youth have not played out for him. It could be that he felt that merely being able to speak from a place of wisdom was enough...it is clear with his decisions that he did not always follow his own words of wisdom. Knowing something, and even knowing the best way to apply what we know is never enough...we are required to live the truth in the wisdom of God. That is where it literally changes our lives. Application of truth is why we have been given the truth...God doesn’t just want us to know it, He wants us to live it! Learning is a never-ending endeavor...true growth comes as we live what we learn, as we learn it. Sadly, Solomon will die realizing he had wasted so much...the wise king allowed pagan wives and concubines to turn his heart away from God. His decisions would impact generations...and it is because of his reign that Israel would never be the same. Praise the Lord that one day THE KING will return and the kingdom will be greater than it ever has been, and it will be as the Lord intended it always to be.
Please share your thoughts from today’s reading. Ask the Lord to help you understand...and then ask Him to lead you to apply the understanding He gives you.
TOMORROW’S READINGS...Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 & 1 Kings 12:1-20 & 2 Chronicles 10:1-19 & 1 Kings 12:21-24 & 2 Chronicles 11:1-4 & 1 Kings 12:25-33 & 2 Chronicles 11: 5-17