Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 The Proper Time & Procedure & Misery

Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

The one who Solomon is encouraging the people to obey is the king. Very few people have a problem with obeying the king, as long as what he is commanding is good and right. The challenge came in when what he was commanding was harmful or wrong.

No one likes to obey a ruler when it does not make sense or causes pain and misery. At that point, people like to rebel and fight against the ruler.

Across the nation people rise up in riots and fighting when they do not like a rule that was made by the president or some other leader in the country. The same thing happens in a business when people don’t like the ruling.

Solomon recognized that there will be times when a person does not like the ruling of the leader. This is where having a wise heart comes in. Knowing and understanding that the rule was bad, just opens the eyes to what is wrong. It is wisdom that guides the person as to how to deal with it.

No matter what country you are from, there is a process to be followed in order to speak about the actions of a leader. Those actions are not found in rioting or fighting or speaking badly about the leader.

Each country, each business, each family has a different way in which to approach the leader about when things are done in a bad way. The one thing, as a believer, that should begin all approaches is love.

As you are going through a time of misery, you need to be dealing with that leader in the love of God. God sees your misery that you are going through, but fighting back harshly will not solve the issue.

Seek the proper way to approach the leader in the love of Jesus. Allow God to work in the heart of the leader and make the necessary changes. Trust His timing in it.

Do not allow your misery to cause you to do wrong and sin. Take a step back, breath, and let God’s Holy Spirit guide you in what to say and when to say it.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in following all leaders over you; that God will fill you with His love for your leaders; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in dealing with them; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to your leaders.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 Wisdom And Sorrow

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18

There are people who love to gain knowledge. They graduate high school and continue on with college for many years, changing their degrees multiple times before getting a degree. They read many books always learning more and more.

Others learn to use that knowledge in good ways, gaining a lot of wisdom. They are able to help and guide many people in various ways because of their wisdom they have gained over the years.

There is a bad side to having that much wisdom and knowledge. Solomon understood this, since he was the wisest man who ever lived. Many people do not understand this, and just want more wisdom.

Having wisdom, means that you will understand what is going on in light of eternity. You will have a deeper understanding, rather than just looking at things on the surface.

One may ask, why is this such a sorrowful thing? Or why would this bring about grief?

As you look at things that are going on is this world, you will see sin everywhere. You will see people talk about love and peace, but in reality are talking about selfishness and love of self. The ways of this world will be promoted as good.

God’s Holy Spirit will give you a spirit of discernment to understand what people are really saying or doing. On the surface it may look and sound good, but their heart may be far from God. This is where sorrow and grief comes in.

Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. He understood where the people of this world were headed. He understood the hearts of men. All of this great wisdom and knowledge brought about such a great sorrow that no man can ever fully understand.

Part of being a believer, is to become like Jesus. God gives you His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. This will help you see into the spiritual realm of this world. It is then that you will have sorrow and grief, seeing people dying daily without knowing Jesus. People are daily walking into an eternity in hell and destruction.

This is why you need to spread the gospel message of Jesus to all that you can, as fast as you can.

I pray today that God will fill you with wisdom and knowledge; that you will have wisdom in what God is doing; that you will have wisdom in what is occurring in this world; and that you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet and know.

Proverbs 26:17 In The Wrong Business

Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Proverbs 26:17

Grabbing a dog, any dog, by the ears is not usually a good thing to do. Only an extremely well-trained dog will allow that to be done. Doing that to a wild stray dog, will most likely get a person bit very quickly. And that is understandable, because being grabbed by the ears is definitely annoying and can be painful. The dog is just protecting his own.

A lot of people like to do something that is just a dangerous as grabbing a stray dog by the ears. They like to jump into a quarrel that is not their own. People see a dispute between two others, and often will jump in to try to solve the issue, or defend one of the sides. This type of action is often done without the permission of either side.

When people jump in, they very seldom know all the details of either side of the issue. They only see a part and that from the outside of the issue. Doing this will get one or both sides angry with a person. As that occurs, a new fight will have begun.

Wars have begun between two different nations, because a third nation jumped into the battle without being asked to do so. Wars between two people can happen in the same way.

Some may want to say that they are just trying to stop a quarrel and are there to help out. While this may be true, it does not happen unless, at least one or both parties are willing to let it happen. Most people who are in a battle with someone do not want a third person involved. They want to be in control of their own lives and solve it themselves.

At the times that you see a quarrel between two people, the best thing you can do is pray for their peace and understanding of each other. Ask if you can get involved, but be willing to stay out of it. Seek God’s direction and wisdom in what to do. Don’t just jump in and try to be superman and save the world, it may backfire.

Don’t grab the dog by the ears.

I pray today that you will seek God’s wisdom and direction; that you will not be involved in third-party quarrels; and that you will show God’s love and wisdom to those you are around.

Proverbs 8:10-11 What To Choose

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

Wealth is something that many people strive for. People are always looking for a way to get rich quickly, with as little amount of work as possible. Many are striving to be able to purchase that new car, or house, or go on a fancy vacation. In the process of getting those things, many problems arise.

It is common for a person to get a loan to purchase that new fancy car, that is more than he really needs. Then a few months later, the car gets repossessed because he cannot make the payments. There was no wisdom used in the purchase, only the seeking out of gold and silver. Wisdom would have made the person choose another vehicle that was not so high priced.

Solomon, who was the wealthiest man who ever lived on the earth, had learned that seeking wisdom was more important than seeking after things or gold. It has more value than the gold, because wisdom can bring a person life. Wisdom keeps a person from making the wrong decisions.

Knowing God is the beginning of wisdom. No one is more wise than God is.  God had the wisdom to lay out the plan of salvation for each person. That plan brings about life, not death.

Seeking to run after the things of the world will only bring you dissatisfaction and disappointment. You may have a lot of things and are wealthy, but inside there will be no real life or enjoyment in this life.

The Bible does not directly tell you what to do or not do in purchasing things of this world. It does, however, give you guidelines in what to do. These guidelines are pieces of God’s wisdom for your life.

As you choose to follow God and His word, you will gain more wisdom. In the process of gaining this wisdom it will help you make the right choices in this life. Then you will be filled with the abundant life that Jesus said He came to give you.

Will you choose God’s wisdom for your life today?

I pray today that you will seek out God’s wisdom; that you will follow God’s wisdom; that God will show you the best paths to take; and that you will know the life that God’s wisdom can give you.

Proverbs 2:11 Getting Protection

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11

Security is a hot topic everywhere a person looks. People want to know that they are safe from any harm. Businesses have security cameras everywhere, with security guards walking around also. People have security systems installed on their homes, many with cameras to stop thieves from entering. Multiple door locks are placed on doors to keep people from coming through.

One area that many individual people miss in seeking protection and security is in using proper discretion. God pours out His wisdom and direction for His people to know what is best for their lives.

Solomon wrote that discretion will protect a person. Many may ask how that is possible? Think about a person getting ready to cross a street. If the person has no discretion at all, he may walk straight out in front of a car coming down the street and get hit. Discretion will see the car coming and determine that it is unsafe to walk at that moment.

In life you may have a lot of friends and other people you know and are around. There is nothing wrong with having friends, but some of those friends may not be the best for you. They may be leading you down a wrong path.

Many people claim to be serving God, but are in reality serving themselves. They may go to church, speak Godly sounding words, but still be teaching the ways of this world. “Christians” in “churches” are claiming today that there are actions that are not sinful and acceptable in God’s eyes. Discretion will allow you to see that.

God’s understanding of what is going on will help guide you in what is best for you. It will open your eyes to what is going on around you. As a human you cannot always see the spirit of things happening. The spirits of this world are trying to deceive you and get you to sin and move away from God.

Seek God to know what is happening and how to best react to it. Use discretion in what you say, think, and do. Use discretion in who you follow. Use discretion in what you believe. Line everything up with the God’s Word and follow His guidance, not this world’s.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will guide you in your life; that God will give you His wisdom and understanding; and that you will accept the leading of God’s Holy Spirit in your life.

Proverb 1:7 What Not To Despise

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Colleges are found all over the world teaching nearly every subject one can imagine. People love to have knowledge. There are some people who appear to be professional students. They continue going to college, changing their major on a regular basis, getting more and more schooling, but never getting the degree.

As much as people love to get knowledge, many reject wisdom and real instruction. A very simple way to put what wisdom really is, is to say that it is knowing how to use the knowledge that has been gained correctly.

Very few people really like to be told what to do or the best way to do something. Once they get a little knowledge, they feel that they know all there is to know. This is where they become a fool.

The very basis of all knowledge and wisdom must come from knowledge and fear of the God. He is the one who created everything in the beginning. He knows what is best in every situation. Without God as the foundation of everything, all a person has is false beliefs and lies. Everything without God is man-made and will crumble in the end.

The world likes to start out their teaching with the thought that there is no God. Since this happens, everything else begins to fall apart. They do not like to be told how to live their life, which is what God likes to do. People wonder why there is such crime and hate in this world,  but refuse to believe in the God of love and His directions for their lives.

As a believer, you must allow God to guide and correct you. He will teach you the best way to live your life. The best way may not always be the most fun or the least painful, but it will be best for you in the long run.

God is there to guide you into all truth. Knowing and fearing (trusting, honoring) God is the foundation of a great life. This is the best start of knowledge and wisdom.

What or who is the foundation of your life?

Is it the things and knowledge of this world?

Or is it God?

I pray today that you will respect and honor God with your life; that you will seek the wisdom of God for your life; that you will not despise God’s directions to you; and that you will be filled with God’s wisdom.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.