11.25.2011

Solomon's Wisdom

When God is teaching me, He finds more than one way to get to the point.

Earlier today, a couple of chapters from a book regarding the Sabbath were a welcomed respite brimming with goodness for my soul. Then this evening nearing the end of Solomon the movie, scriptures read earlier reverberate in my mind.

The purpose of Ecclesiastes: "To spare future generations the bitterness of learning through their own experience that life is meaningless apart from God." - Life Application Study Bible

Summary of Ecclesiastes (in part): "All of his (Solomon) remarks relating to the futility of life are there for a purpose-to lead people to seek true happiness in God alone. He was not trying to destroy all hope, but to direct our hopes to the only One who can truly fulfill them. Solomon affirms the value of knowledge relationships, work, and pleasure, but only in their proper place. All of these temporal things in life must be seen in light of the eternal." - Life Application Study Bible

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all." Ecclesiastes 12:13

"The book of Ecclesiastes cannot be interpreted correctly without reading these final verses.  No matter what the mysteries and apparent contractions of life are we must work toward the single purpose of knowing God." - Life Application Study Bible

Solomon was a man of great wisdom, but he was also a king who fell hard.  I am so grateful for biblical character studies that are relatable to our messy lives.  It shows their weaknesses of the flesh, their courage through faith in trials, as well as the favor, and judgment of God.

When we walk with God we have success of various types and forms, but when we aren't we fail and fall.     
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