Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"



Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I am still reading Max Lucado's "Facing Your Giants." I have refrained from blogging many quotes from this good book. I was reading this morning from the chapter where Lucado describes how David grieved over the deaths of Saul and Jonathon. Lucado quoted verse 4 from the following passage in Ecclesiates. I was interested in it, so I read the whole chapter in a few different translations. The entire chapter spoke to me, but I highlighted the verses that I gleaned the most from. It is hard to accept that sorrow is a good thing. God is teaching us in our sorrows. Solomon is telling us that it isn't for the best to wish for "the good old days."
Ecclesiastes 7 (New International Version)
1 A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of every man;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke
than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of fools.
This too is meaningless.
7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?"
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
13 Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
14 When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover
anything about his future.
15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
a righteous man perishing in his righteousness,
and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.
16 Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise— why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool— why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
The man who fears God will avoid all extremes . [a]
19 Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful
than ten rulers in a city.
20 There is not a righteous man on earth
who does what is right and never sins.
21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,
or you may hear your servant cursing you-
22 for you know in your heart
that many times you yourself have cursed others.
23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said,
"I am determined to be wise"— but this was beyond me.
24 Whatever wisdom may be,
it is far off and most profound— who can discover it?
25 So I turned my mind to understand,
to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
and the madness of folly.
26 I find more bitter than death
the woman who is a snare,
whose heart is a trap
and whose hands are chains.
The man who pleases God will escape her,
but the sinner she will ensnare.
27 "Look," says the Teacher, [
b] "this is what I have discovered:
"Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things-
28 while I was still searching
but not finding—
I found one upright man among a thousand,
but not one upright woman among them all.
29 This only have I found:
God made mankind upright,
but men have gone in search of many schemes."

2 comments:

grammy said...

good morning dear daughter. i see you are in the Word as usual. nothing better than that. what is the "a"&"b" for? i have never understood that HTML tag. are they the same? how about an explanation for your old mother.

Gretchen said...

WHOA. It's amazing how God's Word is so quick and powerful! It just SPEAKS out, doesn't it?