In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs. The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. The sayings of the wise are like goads, and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails. The sayings are given by one Shepherd. But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: Â fear God and keep His commands, because this [is for] all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. Eccl 12:9-14 (HCSB)
Why do so many people desire to read motivational books? Why do so many people pursue a regiment of devotional writings for encouragement in their lives? What benefit is there in sharing all the proverbs and parables and passages of wisdom? Will an end ever come to man’s attempts to interpret and understand and translate God’s Word?
Why do I write what God has inspired me to share? Well, simply put, because maybe there is someone who needs to hear what God has shared with me. I have found the greatest benefactor for what has been written as my reflections upon God’s Word is myself! As I have pondered the passages and prayerfully sought relevance of the wisdom found in God’s Word, my life has been blessed. All the feedback I have received from others has been a blessing of affirmation to me. However, in the end of everything the greatest reward I have received is a sense of a smile from God along the way.
Am I wise? Certainly not in my perspective any wiser than most of the people I know. Am I a good teacher? Certainly not any more so than many of the people I know. There are certainly wiser people that I admire and there are definitely better teachers. So what validation do I offer for sharing what I have attempted to offer all these many mornings with all my friends? The only validation that is worthwhile: GOD’s inspiration and affirmation.
Have I written anything new and unique? No! There is nothing new under the sun, as the Teacher of Ecclesiastes shared. All I tried to do is reveal how I apply the wisdom found in the books of wisdom to real and relevant life so that we all may live in relationship with others in a manner that pleases God, and that we can relate likewise to God’s will, God’s ways and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word in our crowded and fast paced lives. Because in the end of all things: God waits for us! All our actions, attitudes, and words, even our very thoughts spoken and written, will be our record of how we lived our life before God. What will be your record that will come with you on that day when you stand before God? What relationships can you claim that will bring a smile to God’s face, and which ones will cause us to feel uncomfortable as we stand before Him?
I pray what I have been able to share with you has helped you to reflect more upon your life and your relationship with others around you and most importantly with God as your daily guide.
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. But the seed in the good ground — these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit. Luke 8:11-15 (HCSB)