We take satisfaction in our work and this is right, but the terrible reality we must face in the earth is that we more often meet with injustice and corruption than with justice.
You get the feeling that Solomon’s words here are getting us to think about the folly of SELF-centeredness, and the wisdom of OTHER-centeredness.
“Who can bring him to see what will be after him?” – We can’t know what will come after us.
If we are striving for ourselves, that is folly. Nothingness. A striving after the wind. We’re even no better than the animals!
“For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.”
But yet Solomon points us to the importance of MORE THAN US.
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” 4 v12
When we are together, it is better. Two will withstand a man, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
It is better for God’s people to be together, working together in unity (1 Cor 1 v10, Eph 4:11-13).
But of first importance (foundational), we are to be found with Jesus, rooted and established in Him.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding thanksgiving.” Col 2 v6-7
* Gracious Father, Merciful Saviour – Thank You for the wonderful goodness that You have given to us in Your people, gathering together. That this is a good thing for us to do! It is for our benefit!
And thank You Lord for Jesus, that He is vine from which we gather together as the branches. He is the head of the body, He is the capstone, the cornerstone, the bridegroom.