Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 3, 2017

“let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes chapter 6.

“There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men— 2 a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires;  yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them.  This is vanity and a severe affliction.  3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, “Better the miscarriage than he, 4 for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity;  and its name is covered in obscurity.  5 It never sees the sun and it never knows anything;  it is better off than he.  6 Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not enjoy good things—do not all go to one place?”

7 All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.  8 For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool?  What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living?  9 What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires.  This too is futility and a striving after wind.

10 Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is;  for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.  11 For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?  12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life?  He will spend them like a shadow.  For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?”  Ecclesiastes chapter 6.

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Life is short.  Life is futile.  So says the “Preacher” Solomon in today’s Scripture.

We see similar expressions in the following Scripture but with advice at the conclusion.

“9 For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:9-12.

And, how do we get this heart of wisdom?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10.

True wisdom fears the LORD and seeks knowledge of God, understanding that man and his works are transitory but that God and His works are eternal.

“15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,”  Psalm 103:15-17.

And yet, other doctrine is proud, focuses on man, and teaches man’s wisdom, man’s alleged free-will, and man’s works.

But, Reformed Doctrine is humble, focuses on God, and teaches God’s wisdom, God’s will, and God’s works.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.


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