Words You Can Take to Heart
Let's talk about how the book of Ecclesiastes is the perfect book for the situation we're facing right now. It's a great book to think about right now. Many of us are sitting around with a lot of time to think. That's exactly what Solomon is doing in Ecclesiastes. He's thinking. He's reflecting. He's advancing in years and taking the time, as a mature man, to sit still and reflect on the purpose of life in this fallen world. And on the past mistakes he's made living in this fallen world.
One of the most intriguing verses in the Bible is Ecclesiastes 7:3: "Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad." We need to hear this verse. Solomon is reminding us that in God's economy sorrow leads to joy. We see hard times as setbacks. But, in God's world, sorrow is often a setup for future joy. As Jesus says, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Another piece of wisdom Solomon shares: "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you" (7:21). Is that a verse for the times or what? When mixed messages are leading to confusion and anger, it's good to remember not to take the things people say to heart. Words are dangerous and can be hurtful, especially when you allow them to penetrate your heart. I encouraged my daughters to memorize this verse at a very early age. Let the gospel of Jesus' great love for us penetrate your heart. Don't let the words of man pierce you.
I share these verses to whet your appetite. There's much more wisdom to learn from Solomon. In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing some video meditations on Ecclesiastes. These videos will be posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages. As many of us continue to shelter at home, I pray that God's words, delivered through Solomon, will give us encouragement. And that it will give us some much-needed perspective on how to live with wisdom in a confusing, sin-shattered world.