Saturday, June 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 161 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 10; Ecclesiastes 11; Ecclesiastes 12; Psalm 94; Ephesians 5 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Ecclesiastes 10:4, “Calmness can lay great offenses to rest.”
Ecclesiastes 11:9, “You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”
Psalm 94:16, “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?”
Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:25-26.
Interesting how Solomon wraps up Ecclesiastes… with “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”
With all his comparing the wise and the foolish, the rich and the poor, the diligent and the sluggard, the young and the old, Solomon ends with a true bit of wisdom. Along with a few other verses in Ecclesiastes, (God set eternity in the hearts of men, and, two are better than one) this is the standout verse to me.
Stay calm. Enjoy life. Fear God. Keep his commandments.
These apply to all of us. Young/old, rich/poor, young/old, wise/foolish.
I’ve had many opportunities to practice these verses the past several days… especially yesterday, leading up to our daughter’s wedding rehearsal.
Isn’t it interesting the different ways one can read the same four words?
Neither are easy to do at all times.
I am learning to enjoy life. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the past 49 years. That’s not what I mean… but to really enjoy each moment. To take it all in. To enjoy the people I’m with. I’m more determined than ever.
I’ve figured out that most people are wired pretty differently from me. (Or choose to live life differently, or simply have different views or opinions than I.)
I’m not responsible for anyone but myself. I can’t manage you, I can only manage me. I can’t change you, and changing myself isn’t all that easy either.
Keep his commandments.
Wouldn’t it be great though if everyone lived out that verse in Ephesians 5? “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
That verse comes right before, “Wives, submit to your husbands.” But more often than not, the “submit to one another” is not read beforehand. Then the onus is put on the woman to submit to the man. But, “in Christ, there is no male or female…”
What if we really did that… walk out life in humility? Simply enjoying life, fearing God, keeping his commandments…
And staying calm!
(I’ll let you know how I did at applying these verses after today’s wedding!)
Help me to live out those simple phrases… and to walk in humility.