Ecclesiastes 11: Invest in Life

Ecclesiastes is short but sweet. Solomon talks about youth, God's command of nature, and the inevitability of bad days. These topics may seem a bit disjointed, but they are deeply connected both literally and spiritually.

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Ecclesiastes is short but sweet. Solomon talks about youth, God's command of nature, and the inevitability of bad days. These topics may seem a bit disjointed, but they are deeply connected both literally and spiritually.
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Nature Worship

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When you think about nature, it's hard not to be in awe. Everything about it is amazing. Since the beginning of time, people have confused the awesome-ness of nature with the power of God. Most religions are based on sun or moon worship, but religions with multiple gods often had storm gods, gods of the sea, and the like. Even today, many agnostics I meat, defer to "Mother Nature" as their god.

In Ecclesiastes 11, Solomon reminds us that all of the wonderful things we see in nature should be reminding us God, our Creator. We are not supposed to worship the stars, winds, or seas. They are the way they are simply because God created them to be that way, just as He created us.

The weather answers to God, so it is God we should seek when we desire specific outcomes for our crops (and safety). We don't understand why God does what He does, so we take action based on what we see in nature.

Hard Times

One of the things we have to remember and should understand as believers is that no matter how well we behave or how much faith we have, we will experience hardship at some point in our lives. Job is the poster child for this experience, but Solomon comments on it as well. He reminds us that there will be bad days, but God gives us more days for rejoicing than days for sorrow. I remind myself this on mediocre days; if nothing is wrong, I should be rejoicing.

Spiritual Connection

Solomon's two points actually go very well together, and not just because the weather affected the Israelites' crops which effected their livelihood. In life, we are like plants (this analogy is found throughout the Bible). God cultivates us by providing rain, sunlight, and nutrients. We don't always understand God's methods, so we may despair during a "drought" or "harsh wind," but God is seeing fit that we grow into beautiful trees that bear rich fruit! It is only by growing through these trials that we become useful. In the beginning, Solomon talks about working through whatever weather God sends to produce our crop, the same is true spiritually. For example if you are blessed (we'll call that sunny weather), she should be out spreading that blessing, just as a farmer would take advantage of good weather to plant his crow. We must make use of the "weather" God has provided us to grow spiritual and do the work of the kingdom.

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Author Image Author Image I love reading the Word of God. With prayer God's Word reveals so much: from comfort to temperance, from perspective to affirmation. Digging into the depths of the Word, cross-referencing history, language and time differences, is a passion of mine. In March of 2015 I decided to go back through the Bible doing an in depth study on each section I read. Eventually I decided to share my journal of notes as I partake in this journey. I hope you are blessed by God and inspired to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. I love reading and learning about God, nature, and science. I am interested in how it all connects. The Creator's fingerprints are all over his creation. We can learn so much about Him and how we came to be by exploring the world around us. Join me as I explore the world and draw closer to the One who created it all.
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