Good morning, friends! The last couple of days I have been reading in the book of Ecclesiastes. King Solomon’s words concerning living his life both wisely and foolishly in pursuing his earthly pursuits and pleasures. Solomon found both are futile without reference for God. Enjoy today’s blog, Life under the Sun, or Better Yet, Life Above the Sun, as I share my own pursuits and leaning into God’s fulfilling way of living “above the sun” rather than “under the sun”- (Daily Walk Living Bible)
Morning walk before Michael and Elizabeth's Wedding -Hachland Hill photo by Sharon Moye
I so enjoy reading God’s word to glean new revelations every day. His word is active, living and new each day. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon describes life from his perspective.
Solomon, son of David- a man after God’s heart, the successor to the King. Solomon had been given the gift of exceeding great wisdom from God. He was wiser than any other King, but after receiving that great gift he lived a life pursing wisdom both foolishly and wisely in his pursuits and pleasures in his life. In his writing in Ecclesiastes, we learn that Solomon is searching for the purpose of this life. He had acquired Everything under the Sun- wealth, food, companionship, esteem, etc. yet there was emptiness. What was missing?
Living a life “Under the Sun” without revering God in our calling, pleasures, dreams.
Pursing the pleasures, dreams and our calling in this life under the sun without revering God- the giver of all these gifts, is empty. All of these gifts will not give us satisfaction. It is looking at the Creator God- above the sun- Pursing and Fearing him. God alone satisfies our soul. Then we don’t look to our pursuits and passions to fulfill us, but they are to enjoy.
It doesn’t take long to fall into the trap that Satan would like us to be in. We get distracted and think that things and people will truly satisfy. This is futile.
“The words of the Teacher, son of David, King of Jerusalem. Absolute futility says the Teacher. Absolute futility. Everything is futile. What does a man gain for all his efforts that he labors under the sun?” Ecclesiastes 2 :1
So, to live “Above the Sun”- (Daily Walk Bible) is to put God into every equation.
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I say to the Lord; YOU are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:2
It happens, we get going leaving God behind, but I love how God pulls us back in to remind of us of our need for God. All of these great pleasures and pursuits cannot be fully enjoyed until we put them in their perspective places.
Some of life's lessons to be encouraged and glean from:
We can have the greatest education, family success, community affairs and possessions, but without the Lord in the middle of our lives and living in reference for the Lord, all of it is futile.
Solomon had acquired great wisdom, wealth success, worldly possessions, vineyards, hired servants, great herds, involved with the cultural arts, became the greatest kings in all of Jerusalem. Solomon practiced both wisdom and folly but found both were chasing the wind.
He realized both the wise and foolish will one-day parish. (summary of Chap 1 and 2 of Ecclesiastes)
"God has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3;1
“and one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Eccles. 4:12
Honestly, this one is where God is working on me as I write this blog. We have to be careful not to make rash vows, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words. We are to fear God instead. I know most women have more words to share than men. Share your heart with the Lord first, then to your spouse and then to your prayer partner. When we are wounded we want to be understood. We want to be justified, heard, validated. Just remember where “two or more are gathered” is sufficient for God to hear our prayers. Women, out of well intended hearts, may share your private concerns. God is enough and select a few to share the most intimate thoughts and concerns...
“well, one thing, at least is good .. it is for a man to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, accept his position in life and and enjoy his work whatever his job may be for however long the Lord may let him live… “Eccles. 5:18
“to enjoy your and to accept your lot in life- that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God give him joy.” Eccles. 5:20
Think eternally- I have learned through my teaching at various conferences like the Seed Company, Pro Athletes Outreach, and authors like Randy Alcorn who wrote Heaven and the Treasure Principle – Daily remind yourself of what Christ did for you and ask Jesus to fill you to meet the needs of the day. He will give us encounters that blow our minds. We just have to be available.
“A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume. The day one dies is better than the day he is born. It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die and it a good thing to think about it while there is still time. Sorrow is better than laughter for sadness has a refining influence on us. Yes, a wise man thanks much of death, while the fool thinks only of a having a good time now.” Eccles 7:1-7
“God’s ways are mysterious as the pathway of the wind, as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother’s womb. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow- perhaps it all will.” Eccles. 11:5-6
Our days here are numbered and eternity is forever. Enjoy all of God’s gifts that he has given and let’s continue to remember to keep God in the center and let all things flow out of a reference for our God- "Above the Sun" Perspective
“And I know this, that whatever God does is final - nothing can be added or taken from it. God’s purpose in this that man should fear the all powerful God. ... “So, I saw that there is nothing better for men than that they should be happy in their work, for that is what they are here for and no one can bring them back to life to enjoy what will be in the future, so let them enjoy it now..” Eccles. 3:14:22
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