Ecclesiastes 1-3, Acts 13:26-52
In Ecclesiastes 1-2, my perspective on life is made clearer. Everything that we do on Earth, stays on Earth. Most of what we do is for our own vanity. What happens to the righteous will also happen to the evil in the end. We will all leave this temporary life. The best thing we can do is enjoy our hard work and do the most good we can. God has everything planned out, with a specific time for EVERYTHING, and it is in His will that we enjoy even MORE of the eternal life He’s given us through Jesus. There is still a time and a place for the varieties of our lives here & now. But only what we do for Him will last forever. I feel encouraged by this section & inspired to do as much good as I can while I’m here!
Ecclesiastes 1-2 makes everything seem meaningless. We will work and toil and hand our earnings/striving/gains onto those who come behind us. (Anyone else depressed by that?!). We live and die and that’s it! But Ch 3 says there is a time for (and apparently some order to) everything, and that ONLY what God does will last forever. So what did He do that lasted forever?
The Father gave us Jesus! Look in today’s reading of Acts–“But the One God raised up did not decay”…”through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you.” This has eternal significance. Suddenly man’s futility has meaning and purpose in the One man who conquered sin and death–something we could not do for ourselves!
Simply put, our lives have no eternal significance without Christ. That brings a whole new purpose to our otherwise meaningless toiling under the sun. Oh to live with eternal purpose–how lives would be changed around us.
Ecc 3:4 really stood out to me. I just recently lost my 3 month old baby boy back in march of this year and God is right there is a time to mourn and a time to dance and rejoice, and I need to remember that he isn’t hurting anymore and he isn’t suffering. He is in the best place he could ever be and that’s with his Heavenly Father. God is taking care of my sweet boy and he’s looking down on me. I can’t wait to be reunited with my sweet boy again.
I’m so sorry Taneesha. Praying the Lord will bring you sweet comfort in this difficult time.
Thank you so much dear
Prayers for you Taneesha and for your baby boy who is interceding in prayer for you from heaven.
Taneesha I’m so glad you are part of this group – and that God’s Word is comforting you today. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I pray the Lord continues to fill you with more of Him and His comfort each day- through His body the church and His living Word.
My heart goes out to you dear sister. Praying for you ❤️
Wow, I can’t believe I have never really read Ecclesiastes thoroughly until now. God really met me where I was at today. I have been needing this message about control in my life- I have very little control! Most things are in God’s hands.
The passage that stood out to me today:38 ‘Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
Thank you Jesus for coming so we could be freed from all things…pain, loneliness, addiction, afflictions, oppression and hell. You are our redeemer and our father.
Ecclesiastes 3- wow I absolutely love those verses. How beautifully true& what a sweet, moving reminder that there is a season for everything.
Today’s passages are so beautiful& remind me how deep my love for God truly is!
E3 really spoke to me today too! It’s so humbling to grasp.
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. We are all called to be witnesses for God that was Jesus’s command we are not to know who has been appointed or not we must simply sow the seed the rest is in Gods hand as many will hear the gospel but God may not have appointed them to eternal life. It fascinates me that God has fore chosen hand picked the ones for eternal life. We must simply obey His word and be witnesses the rest is up to God.
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