Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 7, 2017

“The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 7:19-29.

“19 Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.  20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.  21 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.  22 For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

23 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.  24 What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious.  Who can discover it?  25 I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.  26 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains.  One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation, 28 which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.  29 Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”  Ecclesiastes 7:19-29.

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We may seek wisdom, as Solomon intended and said:  “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.  What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious.  Who can discover it?”  Verses 23-24.

Likewise, Scripture states:  “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”  Romans 8:33.

But, there is hope!

“The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.”  Psalm 25:14.

“4 If you seek her (wisdom) as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”  Proverbs 2:3-6.

“O sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”  Psalm 98:1-3.


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