Below are my thoughts from the daily
Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Ecclesiastes
1 - 6. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you
read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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Ecclesiastes is the third book we have
come to penned by King Solomon son of King David. If you remember Solomon
wisely asked for wisdom from God when given anything he wanted to ask for. God
blessed him because his request pleased God. We have read and seen the blessing
God bestowed on Solomon; giving him the privilege of building the Temple, a
magnificent palace, and all kinds of great wealth. According to Solomon’s
writings in Ecclesiastes Solomon denied himself nothing and in doing so learned
an important lesson.
Solomon learns this … “History merely
repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly
(Ecclesiastes 1:9 NLT) and … “We don’t remember what happened in the past
and future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”
(Ecclesiastes 1:11 NLT) How true those words are. Sure we might have new
inventions … the iPad I do my reading on and preach my sermons form was not
something old turned new. But what is on it is nothing new … I am still reading
text, taking in information, reading a Bible that found its completely nearly
two thousand years ago. The sermons I write, filled with what I think are the freshest
ways to say the same things, have all been preached before. Sure the iPad may
be new, but what is on it was simply done in a different way before.
So why don’t we learn from the
generations before? I think the answer is found later in the reading. History
books can teach us a lesson. People can share what they have experienced. We
can have all the head knowledge available. But I think too we need the experience.
“Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for
people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God
has given them, and to accept their lot in life.”
(Ecclesiastes 5:18 NLT) It is
good to learn from our own mistakes. It is good to enjoy life. It is good to
find pleasure where God intended pleasure. It is good to make mistakes.
Mistakes only make us stronger, they only teach us a lesson, they only mold and
shape us the way God intends us to be.
Learn from the generations that have
come before. Avoid major catastrophes. But enjoy life. Learn from your own
mistakes. Pass those lessons along to the next generation.
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