I love Ecclesiastes. Remember Peter, Paul and Mary singing, Turn Turn Turn? I was only a child then but I remember every word. My favourite chapter in the entire Bible is chapter 3, and again probably because of that song. When I read Chuck Swindoll’s book on Ecclesiastes, that probably sealed the deal – it finally all made sense (that is, the other chapters other than chapter 3 – that one I had nailed down).
So it makes sense that my wisdom comes from this book more than any other.
Be careful what you do when you enter the house of God. Some fools go there to offer sacrifices, even though they haven’t sinned.[d] But it’s best just to listen when you go to worship. Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much. If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it. If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing. – Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 CEV
Be thoughtful when I enter into God’s presence, listen while I worship, and think through what God is asking from me making sure that whatever I say or do will in the end glorify Him.
It is probably why I have so much faith in God protecting me.
Just as Jerusalem is protected
by mountains on every side,
the Lord protects his people
by holding them in his arms
now and forever. – Psalm 125:2 CEV
In my role with the Navigators, I am called to share how I have been growing in my faith and to lead others into the same kind of walk I have with Jesus. I disciple disciple-makers.
Timothy, my child, Christ Jesus is kind, and you must let him make you strong. You have often heard me teach. Now I want you to tell these same things to followers who can be trusted to tell others. – Timothy 2:1-2 CEV
Father, as You lead me today, give me wisdom to know that needs to be done. Allow me to see Your hand making the day exactly what You made it to be. Protect me and my family as I move out to do what You have called me to do. Show me how to be full of grace and allow me to let You make me strong. I want to tell others how they can follow You, show me who can be trusted to do and be this kind of person in order to advance Your Kingdom. Amen.