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Ecclesiastes 10:1 ” As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

You don’t hear the word  “folly”  used much now a days…to the point I had to look it up for the correct definition.  According to Webster, folly means a lack of good sense, a foolish act or a stupid idea.  So we may not call it folly today, but yet we can see a lot of it across social media!   People taking chances and performing dangerous acts on a dare,  or acting the fool in front of a camera without thinking first how it might impact their life tomorrow.  Proverbs 13:16 tells us that,  “a fool exposes his folly.”  So think about it – anytime you act on a foolish idea before you first think about the consequences…you risk revealing just how stupid you look to others.

Deuteronomy 4:2 ” Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”

This verse simply says, “Don’t question God.”  We are to pay careful attention to keep the Way of the Lord… not just with lip-service, but with inner commitment.  But also, we are not to be taking on the job of rewriting or adjusting God’s Word in order to align closer with today’s mores found in this broken and evil world…just to be more politically correct.  We have but one job when it comes to God’s commandments and it’s found in Ecclesiastes 12:13,  ” Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Ecclesiastes 11:6 ” Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”

What are you talented in?  What do you have a natural, creative aptitude for?  But more importantly, just how did you find out you had a flair or knack for this talent?  You had to try your hand at it!   We all have hidden talents just waiting to be discovered by us…we just need to be brave enough to try something new and different.  Our life here on earth is fleeting, so while we have the opportunity,  we need to strive for our ultimate purpose in life.  God’s plan and purpose for us involves using our gifts, talents, and passions all rolled together for His glory.  But you’ll never know what you’re talented in unless you try first.

I Chronicles 29:12 ” Wealth and honor come from You; You are the Ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. “

In this prayer, King David was acknowledging that it was only from God – the source of everything –  that he possessed  abilities and achievements.  David was also acknowledging  the sovereignty and authorship of God as he viewed the world around him.  Later, his son Solomon would write in Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, ” When God gives any man  wealth and possessions,and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”  Recognizing and thanking God for His benevolence in our lives gives rise to one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive…it’s peace and contentment.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 ” As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”

One of my very first jobs as a Nurse was in Labor and Delivery…and to this day I still marvel at the tiny perfection of a newborn baby.  For God’s activity is without question evident in the flawless development, and impeccable anatomy and physiology of a newborn.  But what I really enjoyed the most was watching new parents meeting their child for the first time…the awe and wonder of this little creation they held could only testify to God’s greatness and creativity.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s an appointed time for everything happening in your life today.  From the very important to the mundane, each matter has been carefully created by God to fit perfectly within His purpose and timetable.  In verse 11 of this chapter we read that God has made everything beautiful in its own time…in its right and proper time.  For with the Lord,  there is no unplanned or unintended actions…that’s because His timing is always perfect.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 ” This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes. “

We are the crown of God’s creation…created uniquely and distinct from the rest.  We were created in God’s image…righteous and pure.  But that all changed in the Garden of Eden,  when Adam and Eve decided they knew more than God.  And from then on, mankind has connived, conspired and contrived hair brain schemes…thinking we too know more than God.