Day 31: The Conclusion of the Matter, Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

Click here for today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 Reflection: In all his wisdom, Solomon concludes the book of Ecclesiastes in poignant terms: “…Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” –Ecclesiastes 12:13 Despite the sometimes vanity-ridden aspect of life, despite the fruitlessness we sometimes…

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Day 30: In Diligent Pursuit of Godliness, Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

Click here for today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 Reflection: Solomon,the wise, encourages us to keep planting.  He encourages diligence and a recognition that we do not know which seeds will take root.  Rather than, therefore, calling the act of planting worthless, he encourages us to keep going, keep planting. Application: What, therefore, shall we do?  Rather…

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Day 29: Feasting, Ecclesiastes 10:16-20

Click here for today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 10:16-20 Reflection: Verse 17 strikes me.  Feasting–for strength, not drunkenness.  In a world of hazy absolutes, where people passionately ascribe to sometimes illogical stances, feasting has been attributed to gluttony, excess, and pride.  Yet Solomon distinguishes two very different motivations for feasting.  Feasting for drunkenness, whether literal or spiritual,…

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Day 28: Ugly Realities, Ecclesiastes 10:11-15

Click here for today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 10:11-15 Reflection: If this passage teaches anything, it is that a fool’s life is unattractive.  Who would want to be swallowed by babbling words?  To be described as multiplied in raving madness?  And really, who wants to be more tired than necessary because they chose foolish ways? Application: Reflect on…

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