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07/23/2010

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I Love A Good Mystery


"What does the worker gain from his toil" (Ecc.3:9)?

The question in today's verse is certainly a universal one. I've heard it posed; "You work hard all your life, and what do you have to show for it?" Sound familiar? Our friend Solomon wasn't considered to be a wise man for nothing as he actually attempts to answer this age-old query. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end" (V 11). This has been God's plan from the beginning, and through Jesus and the establishment of the church the fulfillment is here today. Solomon understood and said in his time that a lot of God's mysteries had yet to be revealed. According to Peter (1 Peter 1:10-12) the prophets of old spoke of this salvation and grace that was pointing to the Spirit of Christ, but did not understand it. The apostle Paul put it this way; "In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit of God's holy apostles and prophets" (Eph. 3:4).

Solomon may not have known this complete mystery, but he knew what a person's relationship with God ought to be, and this has not changed. "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live" (V 12). God has put happiness for the human family within our grasp, but we ought to pursue it with eternity on our hearts. When we are submissive to God's touch we can more easily accept that there are things which we cannot change and must be accepted. Solomon knew this and we do too; "I know that everything that God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that man will revere Him" (V 14). This reverence for God must be ingrained in us and written on our hearts...

Have a wonderful day...Be happy and do good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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