" So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind."- Eccless 2:17
The other day, I pondered my life. What was the purpose of my life? The question brought Solomon's words to my mind: everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Solomon pointed out that without God, life is futile, but God gives meaning. Consider the godless. They accumulate wealth, they work their way up the ladder. They do many works, but for what purpose? Life goes on and on. It reminds me of a story I am reading. It's called Escape from Paradise written by Daniel Ferguson. The main character gets lost and ends up living with the ow mountain people who do the same thing over and over and without meaning or purpose.
There is nothing wrong with accumulating wealth as long as you are rich to God and not self. You can use wealth to advance the kingdom of God, but if you are like the man who has plenty of goods stored up, what advantage is that to you? Jesus said that thieves steal and moth and rust destroy. If your heart is for the kingdom of God, you can make investments that will pay off in the end. However many godless who store up wealth are like that farmer.
Solomon wrote when you spend your life without God (godlessness) it is all meaningless and a chasing after the wind. Some translations calls it grasping the wind or vexation of the spirit. Have you tried to grasp wind? Do you even know what it looks like? Jesus told Nicodemus that you can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind. So it is all pointless and that's what living without God is like. What is the point of living if you just go about everyday doing the same thing without God? In chapter 2, Solomon wrote that he accomplished many things but it was all meaningless. Remember, he feel away from God when I married pagan women.
If you are not living for God, then you are living for yourself or whatever is first in your life. Only God can give meaning to life.
Live with Regrets
Have you been there? You thought you did the right thing until it dawned on you, it was all a mistake? They say that regret is expensive. Sometimes you can't undo it. Other times, you could apologize to the person you hurt, but what if it comes to choices you made for yourself? I made many mistakes in my life. Instead of seeking God, I went with the impulse to buy it. It felt right, but soon found out I really didn't need it. It would be too late to get a refund so I'm stuck with a product I paid for.
Scripture says if you acknowledge God he will made your paths straight. It also says Commit your ways to him. Sometimes we fail to do that. Just think, if Julie had the kind of relationship with God that she had in book 2, she would not have called the police. Yet Julie acted on impulse as it was one of her flaws.
God works out all things out for the good of those who loves him. Sometimes he could turn our mistakes and use them for our good. When it comes to people he can have two people who have hurt each other to reconcile. You would have to read The Past Hunter to find out more.
Just know that God loves us and will forgive us if he ask him to. Share your thoughts on regrets
As a single woman, it is hard for me to enjoy Song of Solomon. It's a book that celebrates love between two lovers. The bride sings over her lover and he signs over her. It's like having Valentine's Day in your face, but God changed my view on that.
As I showered, a song I heard on my sister's Song 4 Worship CD came to mind.
It was not the song title, but the lyrics that God quickened into my spirit. You see God rejoices over us just as the groom rejoices over his bride. The scripture says that the church is the bride and he is our bridegroom. The prophet Isaiah describes his rejoicing over us this way: "As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride so will God rejoice over you."(Isaiah 62:5)
God. All three of the trinity will rejoice over us because we are His bride. Don't you like that? God sings over us and He delights in us.
We are God's bride. When you read Song of Solomon see that as God's love for us and our love for us. Because of what Jesus did, he overlooks any flaws in us and sees his son just as Solomon saw his bride as perfect. Granted, that the church is not the perfect spotless bride as a whole, but Jesus took our sins and made us blameless in his sight.
Thank you, Jesus for your sacrifice so that I could be the blameless and spotless bride for you!
Now let's rejoice in Him!
"Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit."
Imagine if you will, someone needing your expertise. All it takes is the word of the mouth. But what if the person who has the power to hurt your business or to help it, doesn't speak good about your service? The same could be true of an author. A book review could either hurt or help an author because people uses reviews to determine whether they will purchase the book or not. When a reader says I will not recommend this book because of unrealistic storyline or whatever negative they could find, they are not speaking good about your book? Even in a business when you need people to buy your product or use your services, the words consumers use could hurt us. "Don't hire such and such business because they do a bad job." What they are doing is using their words to curse us.
But when you speak well of someone or a business, you are helping them to succeed and maybe gain new customers, or in my case, readers. The scripture says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Life and death is blessing and cursing. Deuteronomy 30:15 says, "See, I have set before you today, life and good, death and evil." In the new testament to bless means to speak good of others and to curse means to speak evil of others.
You can not do both of the same person because James wrote, "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My Brethren, these things ought not to be so." James 3:10. This comes from the same chapter about how evil our tongue can be. So chose wisely what you will say about someone. Someday it will bite you in the bud or blessings will return on you.
If you hear the phone ring, would you stop to answer it or let it go to voicemail? What if you knew who it was from and you love hearing that person's voice? Shouldn't we hear the same about Jesus?
The Lord has put it in my heart to write on callings. I'm not talking about professions or jobs. I am talking about becoming active in politics. If you have seen my posts on Facebook, you know I'm vocal about politic and what I believe. I'm passionate about both. I love Jesus and I want to please him in anyway possible. I know you do too. So I want to ask you, "are you answering his call on your life?"
In the book of Haggai, he tells his people to consider their ways. They neglected God's temple and only concerned themselves with their own lives.
"In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built.
3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways."
If many Christians would answer the call, our nation would be better off. I'm not saying you need to run for congress or mayor or governor. There are many ways we could get active in politics. You just need to pray and ask God what he wants you to do. I am saying is stop making excuses and start answering the call God has on your life. A posted a blog at bloggers called, "Are You Available?" Click the link to read more ability and availability.
In the days of the prophet, Elijah, there were fifty sons who learned under him, but something happened that changed their way of thinking and tainted them.
During Elijah's ministry, Ahab and Jezebel reigned in Israel. They worshipped Baal and not the true God. They hated Elijah and what he stood for. While it is not recorded in the Bible, it had been known to me that these prophets dined with the evil leaders of Israel. Here is why I believe it so:
1 Their lost sight of faith. Before Elijah went up to heaven, these prophets kept asking, "Do you know that Elijah will be taken from you?" After Elisha saw Elijah go up to heaven, he saw Moses with him. He said, "My father! My father! The horses and chariots!" He called out Moses as his father just as he called out Elijah as his father." The fifty sons of the prophet didn't see it as Elisha saw it for later, they asked if they could find Elijah. They thought God had swallowed him up and threw him down somewhere (2Kings 2:16) They lost their spiritual vision.
2. They were at Jericho. It was Joshua who pronounced a curse on Jericho and who burned down the town yet the men of Israel called Jericho, a pleasant land. "And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren." (2 Kings 2:19) Now, I know it said the men of Israel, but could have been prophets. Do you see the contradictions? While they call the land pleasant, they admitted to its lack. Dining with darkness blinded them to reality.
3. They were cursed. In another instance, they were chopping trees. While doing so, one of the axes, a prophet lost an ax head and cried out, "it was borrowed!" In those days, if you couldn't afford your own ax, you had to borrow. Just as people in these days borrow money to pay something off. Poverty is under the curse. Jesus hadn't come to take the curse from us so anyone who didn't obey God and his commands, fell under the curse of the law. (Read Deut 28) Even their children were cursed and had no respect for the prophet of God. As Elijah went up a hill, young people called out, "Go on up baldhead." They knew that Elisha was without his master so we bald. It's like them saying, let's see you do what Elijah without your covering. They sure didn't see him take up the mantle of Elijah and Moses in one. (Watch video below for more on that).
So what does this has to do with the body of Christ today? True men and women of God are calling our current administration Ahab and Jezebel. There are leaders of the church who had "taken the cup" of that administration and lost faith. They believe the lies of the mainstream media and instead of faith become sight, it's the other way around. Are they under a curse? That's not for me to say. These same people are disrespecting the true prophets and calling for them to apologize because their words didn't come to pass. And are people prophesizing in the church? I don't know, and I haven't seen it happen, but it could very well be so. Just because what they prophesize hadn't come to pass doesn't mean they were wrong. God operates on his own time table, not ours.
We all need friends, especially when they come along at the right time. There are so many Bible verses that teaches on the value of friendship, and their stories of true friendship like with David and Jonathon. In the book of proverbs, Solomon wrote, "a friend loves at all times," and "the wounds of a friend can be trusted. Our friends would be honest with us when our enemies won't. He even wrote that a brother is born for adversity and that a friend is closer than a brother." Can you imagine that? Fanny Cosby wrote a song called, "What a friend we have in Jesus." We can most certainly call him a friend. But when a friend helps us in time of need, or even counsel us, wow! Suddenly, we are dull no more!
The simile that Solomon used is iron. He likens iron to iron as a friend to a friend. "As iron sharpens ( or makes sharp) iron so a friend sharpens (make sharp) his friend's countenance. Chahad is the Hebrew word for sharpen and as stated, it means to make sharpen. It didn't give me much to go, but what came to mind is if something needs sharpens, than something is dull. What could cause a dull countenance and why would a friend need to sharpening. I looked up dull in my thesaurus and there it was: unrelieved, colorless, lifeless, etc. I know in my life, a friend had come to my aid and she revived me. It is so refreshing when a friend helps. It brings color to our face.
Can you share an experience where a friend sharpened your countenance?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.