Ecclesiastes 7-9, Acts 15:1-21
I love how in Ecclesiastes it talks about living with joy each day. While living with joy we can eat and drink and be merry! Day to day life can seem so overwhelming but in the grand scheme of things most of my day won’t matter. I need to live with joy in my heart daily and show others how to do the same which means point them to Jesus! That’s what will matter when it’s all said and done.
*like* button! But seriously though it’s the joy that will benefit our everyday.
Ecclesiastes 7: “Better Than…”
-A good name is better that perfume
-The day of death better than the day of birth
-Going to a house of mourning is better than going to a house of feasting
-Sorrow is better than laughter
-Heeding a wise man’s rebuke is better than listening to the song of fools
-The end of a matter is better than its beginning
-Patience is better than pride
-Don’t ask why the “old days” were better than these (funny that they apparently did that millennia ago!).
Some of these I don’t understand well from my first-world, modern, fix-it-if-you’re-unhappy perspective. But it is a good reminder that there is more to “life” than the here and now! And there is purpose in sorrow and death and when things don’t turn out how we think they should.
Thanks for this! Amen!
I agree, the beginning of today’s reading had me very confused!
I was listening to the Mercy Me song about grace while reading this passage in Acts – thinking about how important these discussions were to the future of the church. These men, so steeped in the scriptures yet God called them to a new covenant, a new way. I’m so grateful they gathered together, and listened. I can’t imagine how it must have changed everything about their lifestyle and identity as Jews to become a Christian. So grateful for these courageous men.
I just love the perspective Ecclesiastes provides, it’s such a reality check! It makes life so much more meaningful when you live your Earthly life, with an eternal mindset. It just brings so much clarity and order to priorities by quieting societies constant roar of “do this, wear that, look like this, don’t say that…” Etc. the ever changing/growing burden the world tries to place on your shoulders. Life’s so simple and straightforward when you keep your eyes set on Him and the ways of heaven. Oh the peace He brings to our chaotic little minds. Bless you ladies!
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. – Good reminder for me.
The race does not go to the swift…
Yes amen !!!
Acts 15:10-11 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
This passage is so convicting to me tonight. In this passage, the people in Jerusalem are definitely using circumcision as a means of saying that the Gentiles just don’t make the cut for being Christians- which is totally wrong! I love how Paul sees right through their prideful arguments and points them to truth. He reminds them that hey, we can’t even get all the commandments right and it is not our responsibility to judge the Gentiles. Since they are as Christian as we are, grace covers us all.
I’m so convicted because as I’ve been learning more and more about God this summer, I know I’ve gotten prideful. In other words, they don’t know what I know yet, so how are we on the same playing field. But this is so wrong! God has been working in my heart and reminding my of my place in his love even when I was only beginning to call out to him. Thank you God for your great love to teach.
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