Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 10, 2017

“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 9:1-9.

“For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God.  Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.

2 It is the same for all.  There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean;  for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice.  As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who is afraid to swear.  3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men.  Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives.  Afterwards they go to the dead.  4 For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope;  surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.  5 For the living know they will die;  but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.  6 Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.

7 Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart;  for God has already approved your works.  8 Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.  9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun;  for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 9:1-9.

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“It is the same for all.  There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked  …”  Verse 2.  That same “one fate” of all is death.  Whether good or bad, all will eventually die.

We do tend to worry excessively and waste our days in worry.  See Matthew 6:25-34.

Solomon then concludes that we should enjoy those days of life that God does give us. 

“Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart;  for God has already approved your works.  Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.  Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun;  for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.”  Verses 8-9.

But, after the one same fate of death, there are very different fates for the righteous (heaven) and the wicked (hell).  

“… If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.  Do not be deceived:  “Bad company corrupts good morals.”  Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning;  for some have no knowledge of God.  I speak this to your shame.”  1 Corinthians 15:32.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  2 Corinthians 5:10.

“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds:  to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;  but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.”  Romans 2:5-7.

“But I will warn you whom to fear:  fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell;  yes, I tell you, fear Him!”  Luke 12:5.

So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12.


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