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Ecclesiastes 7 [Read]
Ecclesiastes 8 [Read]
Ecclesiastes 9 [Read]
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 [Read]
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider” (Ecc 7:14). In my view, this verse basically captures the essence of Ecclesiastes. With such understanding in mind, let us meditate a few things in today’s reading.
“Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you” (7:21). No one likes to be criticized, not to mention cursed. Growing up, my mother always told me: “Don’t have a soft earlobe”. However, we are inevitably affected by words from others about us. Our mood naturally goes up and down with the praise and criticism we hear, and such reactions actually add fuel to the person who spoke those words. Is there a way we can turn this to our benefit? The Teacher reminds us bluntly that “many times you yourself have cursed others”. Perhaps hearing criticism is the means God intended for us to do some self examination, so that we will think twice next time before uttering anything harmful.
“When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong” (8:11). We don’t want to admit this, but the fact is that unpunished evil acts are very contagious. This is the logic behind the famous Chinese story about “Mother Meng moves three times”, and it still holds truth even in today’s education of youth. Parents are worried all the time by the friends their children make, knowing how much a damage bad influence can have on them. So, we strive to move to the best school district even though it means heavy financial burden. Such dedication for children is admirable. But we can’t follow our children all our lives, I hope not anyway, and it is much more effective to instill the understanding “I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God” (8:12). The best defense for bad influence is the fear of God.
“Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun” (9:9). God’s goodwill towards us always includes our beloved husband or wife. God does not intend for us to walk through life alone, and his blessing is made complete with us sharing it with our spouse. Cherish your portion and share it with your beloved spouse so life can be more fulfilling.
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