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Read devotionals for November 2018
December 1, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:9 – All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Thought: Solomon saw so many things during his lifetime. It would have been a blessing to sit at his feet for a day to glean from his wisdom. Here, he notes that a rule can rule in such a way that he produces his own hurt. We are reminded to Pharaoh in the days of Moses. He was a man full of pride. Rather than heeding God’s warnings he continually hardened his heart. Ten plagues devastated his kingdom. Eventually, he lost his army in the Dead Sea. He brought the destruction of his own nation.
December 2, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:10 – And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.
Thought: Rulers die. Both good and bad rulers die. Solomon had seen wicked kings buried. They departed from their “holy place,” that is, their holy position on earth. Once these evil men were buried, they were forgotten. Their subjects were glad to forget them. Their lives were vanity. Their rule was vanity. Their chance to be great, to make a difference, to have a lasting legacy was wasted. Vanity!
II Kings 9:34-35
December 3, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:11 – Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Thought: We often hear that punishment is not a deterrent to crime. The Bible does not affirm such a doctrine. When there is no sentence against an evil work, “the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” If evil individuals are not punished quickly, they continue their evil ways. A lack of punishment also causes others to think they can get away with similar crimes. Quick and just punishment will cause some criminals to think before they act. In fact, they will not act.
I Corinthians 5:1-6
December 4, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:12 – Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.
Thought: There are times when those who fear God can be fooled into thinking wrong things. We can look at the sinners of the world and be fooled. They do evil over and over again. However, they continue to live long lives. Sometimes the life of the righteous ends too quickly. The righteous wonder: “Why?” They may be fooled into thinking that being a sinner is more profitable. Solomon assures his readers that this is not the case. “I know that is shall be well with them that fear God.”
December 5, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:13 – But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are a shadow, because he feareth not before God.
Thought: The average age to which any human being lives is very short. Our lives come and go like a shadow. At times, it may appear the wicked live longer, but they do not live any longer than the average man. The wicked are not blessed because they do not fear God. One day their lives will pass from the earth. At that time, they must be ready to stand before their Creator.
December 6, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:14 – There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happened according to the work of the wicked; again there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
Thought: Life does not always appear to have rhyme and reason. Sometimes it appears like the righteous are treated like a wicked man should be treated. At other times, it appears like the wicked are treated as if they are righteous individuals. Solomon saw this during his experiment with life. He refers to this as vanity. What must be remembered is that there is coming a day of equity. God will right all the wrongs. The righteous will be rewarded. The wicked will receive their rewards as well.
December 7, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:15 – Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Thought: Solomon goes back to a thought he has expressed before in the book. Man works. Man works hard. One of the benefits of his labor is the fact that he gets to enjoy the fruits thereof. To eat, drink, and be merry brings him joy. He can stop, relax, and experience the rewards of his hours and days of toil. Notice that he refers to this as something that God gives to man. In others words, God expects man to find some personal benefits to his labor.
December 8, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:16 – When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:).
Thought: Many men and women put in long hours of work. They work in all kind of fields. They are constantly trying to fathom the depths of knowledge found in this world. Literally, they hardly sleep either day or night. They want to know more. They want to accomplish more. They want to discover more. Perhaps you are one of these people. This world intrigues you. You realized how much man does not know. The more you know, the more you know you do not know.
December 9, 2018
Ecclesiastes 8:17 – Then I behold all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
Thought: The depth of knowledge and understanding of the Universe that has yet to be mined by man is incomprehensible. The more we learn, the more we find out that we do not know. Man deceives himself into thinking that he ultimately find out everything there is to know. Not so! “Though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.” God’s wisdom brought this world into being. Man will never fathom the depths of the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God.