Words of the Preacher
If we look into Ecclesiastes thru out the whole thing as well as Proverbs, we run into a lot on Wisdom, those here who don't want to be of the company of fools heed the words of the preacher, I just want to say this *will* bother some people. But remember in corinthians 6:9-11 states such were some of you. Thank God for the "were" some of you. He will teach and help each of us to learn from these things.
The first time the word wisdom is found in the book of Ecclesiastes is verse 13, talking about himself. as we know him to be the wisest of man(besides the Lord Jesus). It says in verse 13: "and I gave my heart to seek and to search wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven this sore travail hath God given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith".
Heh.. no one said it's easy right? well heres solomon the wisest of man saying its hard. whats that tell us today? That means don't go about it thinking you're going to just learn it. or that you will do better then those before. and if we don't seek God for the wisdom to understand then we won't ever get it. Proverbs 16:3 says
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Now look back to the verse, it said "to seek and to search after wisdom", you know what that means? that means if we don't search or thinking we need wisdom, if we don't go for it. whats that make us? fools. Now before you start throwing stones. realize I'm not speaking out of highness but what God is teaching to me and thru me. I'm part of this group. So I can say this is preaching to me. Now also remember in this lesson. I'm not raising up Solomon higher then God. He is still a man like us. we all have our falls. as solomon did.We find out later in the books of the kings that Solomon was overcome with many wives and there gods, so don't let you're guard down. Back to the main point tho. As someone seeking out wisdom, dont be content with just the wisdom you have now. You can't sit back and let pride say "I know all I need to know". Because we see those who think they know everything are some of the first people to fall into pride and as I said before, being part of the company of fools. Also know this is more then just wanting to know more then the next guy. But you can set a goal to be like one of the wise men of old. those are good goals to set. but as I said before don't be content with the knowledge you have, and think you're one of the people that is a goal for others. because those who think they know it all are the fools. Yes God will use your knowledge to inspire others but that doesn't mean that you need to go around pointing out you're self as some great person. Proverbs 16 and 27 tells us about that.
Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
A good thing for people to look at in proverbs says that the wise man looks at every point or seeks to understand each side of things, every angle. Make sure you look into the full thing of a problem, make sure each part of a buildings plans are set, make sure each part of your families needs are met and lives are right with one another.
Now lets look at Ecclesiastes again. In verse 2,14,18. We read in verse 2 Vanity of Vanities all is Vanity. In verse 14 is Behold all is Vanity and a Vexation of the Spirit. Then in verse 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. You say "get me out of here this is to hard". I say read the middle part of verse 14. The works that are done under the sun. Now what do you suppose that means? that means anything not of God. So if you're life isn't under his rule, your life is vanity. it's living for self, which we know won't last or matter in the end. Remember the verse. All have come short of the glory of God. None can do right without God. If you're not living for him you're wasting your life away in your own wants to your own destruction. We still know God uses the lost to teach His sheep. or use them in some way to wake us up. but they are still fit for destruction.
Now lets look at verse 4 of Ecclesiastes.
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth forever.
So Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents. is your generation wise. Is it living for Christ. can you walk thru out town and not have to cover your eyes at sin. can you look at people without a pain in your heart for them, cause you know there saved. if not why can't you do something about it? your own self is the only thing stopping you. there is no other excuse. and if you are old or can't get out to witness to others. then you better make sure your children are fit for it. teach them, instruct them. don't let them go into the world like everyone else did and get lost in the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. because then your own children become an abomination to God. and as the parents your the ones responsible for them. some day your going to give an account for your children. Men it's your very position to lead the family. if your family doesn't have its bible times. it's family times. prayer. singing. your family isn't going to grow right. it won't have the right element of God's love left in your children. also do they see the joy and peace in your life from God. or is it something they see as something you dread teaching. God teaches his Church. and his own words are there to teach them. You as fathers are supposed to use that same word to teach your families. because God has the best way and it works in his Church it will work in your families. God will use it in there lives to save. Who are we to limit the outcome of works blessed by God to mans level of knowledge thinking possible. God is all powerful. all mighty, all knowing. don't you think he knows what he's doing if he can control the whole world at the same time? Hallelujah he is in control not man. He who made the world and everything in it is in control of each detail. study his works and use them to teach others in the same way. then stand back and image the vastness of his wisdom and power. the God who kept this world together and his precious word each step thru history to teach us of times to come and how we are to act. and even this statement is only a pinch of his power. I could spend all day explaining this and still not even come close to really touching the vastness of His glory.
The next verse that I felt I should speak about is verse 9. The phase "there is no new thing under the sun" comes up. what that means is things of the past will happen again. to different degrees of course with different means. but same general happening and style of it happening with the same solution to fix them. hey think that means by learning the past you gain insight on the future. and you know how to protect your self from happenings. and we can learn from all history things that happened and know that God is in control so what can we learn from it, to keep us safe today. Also another thing is parents your kids are going to follow some of the same things you did as a kid. or follow the same bad paths others have. or copy the same evil work. so make sure you teach your kids right, after God's way in the Bible. And remember it has to be out of love your instructing them. because if it's not out of love then what do they do? They build up anger and hate inside them about it against you. and then they tell worldly friends and people there age with same problems and it supports the same evil thinking of rebelling against parents rule. now that will normally happen anyway but if you pray with them make sure they know you love them. they won't side with there friends instruction. and more and more they will listen to you more. Help them to see what happens when certain rules aren't kept. and the Dangers of them. like different high physical sports. or running thru the kitchen and such. those things that aren't really listed as sins but are to be kept because we know if you do them you can get hurt. now you know as well as I do that kids side with kids so this isn't something new and unheard of by you. and yes I know not all kids are the same. Kids who read this, Understand your parents do love you and each bit of instruction they give isn't to make you mad. or push down your thoughts and wants. but to show you what isn't right and the right way of thinking. its love that they teach you holiness. Work for righteousness those who are saved, those who aren't let today be the day you wake up to your lost state and turn to God's wisdom and love. come to him he can save today. know that going by just what you want isn't going to save you. and it's only going to set you on a course to hell. Hell is calling you each day, and God is calling you. see that hell isn't going to wait for your answer it's just going to pull you in. know that also God isn't waiting for your permission. Pray to him, Beg him for forgiveness of your sin. he is mighty to save. All your sin will be washed away by the blood of the Lamb. Hallelujah!