Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

Reflection: Seeking wisdom and finding vanity seems a disconcerting “reward” for seeking something we prize.  However, the Psalmist declares, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.  His praise endures forever” (Ps 111:10).  Fearing God and keeping HIs commandments is the beginning of wisdom.  The wisest man ever found wisdom and learned the world is vanity.  Two results of the same search: praising God and finding the world vain.  Finding the world vain need not be a disincentive for seeking wisdom.  Finding wisdom reveals the greatness of God, which, in comparison, puts the things of this world in their proper place: not worth losing your life.  “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Application: In what ways are you frustrated that you have lost enamor with this world?  What things do you prize too much?  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom–where do you need to obey?  What is He asking you to do?



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Prayer: Lord, thank You that You care too much about us to let us be enamored with the things of this world.  Thank You for revealing Your truth in what is eternal and should be praised.  Help us be courageous in making life changes that You call us to make, that we may seek You more and more.  In Jesus’ saving name, Amen.


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