Every morning, at least most days, I spend time reading scripture and praying. I don’t follow any scheduled scripture reading plan, I’m just reading straight through the את CEPHER I gave myself this year. Sunday morning’s devotional reading happened to be Ecclesiastes. This is one of the writings of Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. When God asked Solomon what he wanted he asked for wisdom. God was pleased with his request and gave him more wisdom than any who ever lived before or would come after. He was a prolific writer and I’m sure that not all of what he wrote is preserved in today’s scripture. That which has been handed down is included works of beauty and wisdom.
Throughout the entire book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who just calls himself the Preacher, teaches on the vanity of things. This writing of his covers the entire experience of human kind, from wisdom to foolishness, from mirth and joy to mourning, from hard work to laziness, from youth to old age, from evil to righteousness, the wind the rain, the seasons and everything in it’s season. He examined everything and he observed that to everyone and every living creature the same fate falls, that is, everyone dies.
I read the entire book of Ecclesiastes. One has to read the entire book and get to the final conclusion. I love the conclusion of this book. The Preacher’s conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments because everyone will stand before him at the judgement and nothing is hidden from God be it good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
King James Version (KJV)
A few hours after I began this post I learned about the shooting in First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX and spent time listening to a live local TV station reporting. The moment I learned tears began to flow and I began praying for that community and the church. From all reports, as of the time I’m writing, close to half of the congregation have died including the pastor’s 14 year old daughter. This is a devastating event for the church and small community.
On Twitter there is already a bunch of people talking gun control. It saddens me all the more. How insensitive of people to start a political argument over a tragedy of this magnitude. This sin has been around since since Cain killed his brother Able. Truly, nothing new under the sun.
Here I will end and just post. What more can I say?
Prayers for Sutherland Springs, TX,