Devotion Day 47 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 47 – Proverbs 20:22 – Ecclesiastes 2:26

Here are Some more proverbs that spoke to me.

“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” (21:21)

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” (21:30) This one really stood out, for this means if it is God’s plan, God’s will, it will come to pass. No one or nothing can stop it. God’s plans will succeed. So I shouldn’t fear as long as I am walking in God’s ways.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed better than silver and gold.” (22:1)

Here’s a couple that I think Jesus refers to. They come from chapter 25 of Proverbs.

Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

See Luke 14:1-11 for what Jesus had to say about this. Those who heard what Jesus had to say, may have thought, I’ve heard something just like that in one of Solomon’s Proverbs.

I’ve used the closing words of Proverbs (31:10-31) at funeral services for a woman who was a great wife and really stood out as caring for her family and community.

Now we move into Ecclesiastes, another book that I often find it difficult to understand. I don’t really care for how it begins; “Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” (1:2) I admit that it often seems a lot of life is meaningless and that we (all of humanity) seem to be spinning our wheels, but then I notice a bright spot of one person helping another person and I have hope that something better can come to the one being helped. I live with faith, hope and love being my guide. So, I struggle with reading and hearing God’s word within Ecclesiastes. We begin it today and will finish it and all of the Song of Songs tomorrow.

O Lord, sometimes, in fact often, I find it hard to hear a word from you when reading through the Bible. I guess it’s sort of like working on a jigsaw puzzle, in some of the pieces I don’t see much but when put all together the picture becomes clear. I’m reminded of the story about a dad who cut apart a map of the United States and gave it to his son to put back together. The dad was tired of his son bothering him while he read the paper. He figured this would keep his son busy for a long time. Within minutes, his son called out to his dad. “Dad. I’m finished.” His dad was amazed. He asked; “how did you do that so quickly.” His son said; “It was easy. Jesus’ picture was on the back side of the pieces and I just put Jesus together first.” O Lord, help me as I strive to put all the pieces in the puzzle of life together. I give thanks that you are behind it and even within it all. Amen.

Next reading: Day 48 – Ecclesiastes 3:1 –Song of Songs 8:14

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