“If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” Eccles. 11:3-4
Well those seem pretty much like common sense if I think about it. The writer of Ecclesiastes goes on state some more obvious things that I can see in the world around me. So what is it he is trying to say?
“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Titus 3:1-2
Now this one also seems to be common sense, but is one that I have struggled with in the past. Being a citizen of a country where we are blessed with so much freedom and having a government where we have so much say, its easy to get frustrated and get carried away with expressing my opinions to the point that I can tarnish my witness and higher citizenship.
I think that is what both these writers are trying to remind me of, that higher calling. This is not my home and I need to be careful on how much I invest myself in it and in the ways of it. After all, I know the end of the story and the victory is already won by God. So why should I live frustrated or focus on what will pass away. Instead I will seek eternal things and search out the One who will never fail me.
God, Help me to remember that this is not my home and that You have gone to prepare a place for me where my eternal home will be. Help me to invest my life in the eternal and live in such a way that draws others to You.
In Jesus name,