The knowledge of my accountability to God acts as a check on stupidity and folly in youth as in old age. He is my Judge, and far more! He is our Saviour and Redeemer! Ecclesiastes just openly looks at some of the evils He redeems us from! Be thankful!
“The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.”
A goad is a weighty spiked stick used to drive cattle and oxen.
Sharp. Painful at times, but only to set on the right path.
This tells us about God’s word!
Ecclesiastes is full of truths that can seem harsh and bleak. Vanity, all is vanity.
But this is God’s word.
Ecclesiastes helps us to remember humility and meekness. Submissions under God’s will. Enjoyment of the temporal blessings He gives to us in His time. Fleeing from pride and arrogance.
And this word, all of God’s word, is given to us by one shepherd – The Good Shepherd who loves His sheep!
God has given to us His word; words of comfort and joy, words of exhortation and rebuke.
God’s word is the only mirror that always tells us the truth.
And so Ecclesiastes is an important book, and we need to wrestle with what the Preacher tells us.
There is great worth in doing this, may we be exhorted that way today.
* Father God,
You are the Almighty God, our Good Shepherd, the Great Physician.
You are Creator, Sustainer and Life-Giver.
Please help us today and each day onwards to fear You with a holy and reverent fear.
Please help us to walk obediently under Your will, Your word, Your commandments.