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How We Live Counts For Everything

13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV)

Today we wrap up our study of Ecclesiastes. If we recall, King Solomon opened this book by telling us that he had begun a study of all that took place on earth. He evaluated all the things that mankind does and he noticed that they were all meaningless [Ecclesiastes 1:12-13].

In the final verses of this book King Solomon presents the end of the matter. He has heard everything. There is nothing more for him to study or evaluate. He has discovered that mankind is wasting its time on many pointless endeavors. He has also discovered what mankind should be doing with our lives.

We should fear God and keep His commandments. This is not the first time King Solomon has told us this [Ecclesiastes 3:14; Ecclesiastes 5:7; Ecclesiastes 7:18; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13] but here he presents it as the whole duty of man. Our first and foremost goal in life should be fear (respect, honor) God by keeping His commandments.

Keeping God’s commandments is one way we show reverence for Him. Similarly, a teenager who dismisses his parents rules does not respect and honor his parents.

Note that these are not two separate commandments. They are one. We cannot love God while breaking his commandments. Nor can one simply keep God’s commandments without recognizing Him.

This is exactly what Jesus taught us hundreds of years later. Jesus told us that the most important commandment was to love God [Matthew 22:36-37]. He also taught us that the way we demonstrate that love is to keep His commandments [John 14:15].

God knows everything. He knows if we claim to love Him but do not keep His commandments. He knows if we keep His commandments but don’t love Him. He sees our motives, even though we may think our actions and even motives are secret. They are not. God sees all we do and think. He knows whether our intentions are good or evil.

And He will bring every deed into judgment. While that may happen on this earth, the obvious larger implication regards the next life.

Everyone of us will die and will have to stand before God to give an account of how we lived our lives. For that reason alone, it is wise to live in a way that honors God and gives Him no reason to find fault with us – by keeping His commandments.

We are to enjoy life [Ecclesiastes 8:15], for God wants us to do so. But we should enjoy it within His design.

All that man works for on this earth is ephemeral folly. In the end what we accomplish and what we obtain count for nothing.

But how we live counts for everything.

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There Is Only One Truth

9Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. 11The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. 12My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
(Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 ESV)

Today we begin the final passages in the book of Ecclesiastes. The author (likely King Solomon) summarizes his findings and gives us practical advice based on his life-long observations of life on earth. We’ll study his ultimate conclusion tomorrow.

Note that the author (the Preacher) moves from writing in the first person to writing in the third person. While some believe that this indicates that another author finished this work it is not necessarily so. Up until now the author has used his own observations to describe life and seeming useless of it all. Now he moves to the third person in order to deemphasize himself and to emphasize the global truths he has learned in his study.

Notice that the author didn’t just espouse his own ideas. He sought to find truth and took great care to teach the people what he had discovered. Such words of the wise are like goads. A goad is a long-handled instrument used to drive oxen while ploughing. Likewise wise words spur people on. They make people better. They raise the standard.

Similarly, wise words are also like nails. Nails firmly affix one thing to another. Wisdom should be a permanent part of our character.

Notice that the author of Ecclesiastes sought out truth. Wisdom can be attained. But it takes time and effort. And it is given by only one Shepherd – God Himself [James 1:5].

Furthermore, God’s truth is all the truth we need. We should beware of anything beyond what God says. There were apparently many books in Solomon’s day that claimed to contain truth. That is certainly even more true today where anyone and everyone can propagate their ideas and opinions via the Internet. But if such ideas and opinions do not align with what God says then they are false and useless.

Solomon is not talking here about getting an education. Of course we should study medicine and economics and other subjects. He is talking about those writings that claim to provide spiritual truth.

Such writings have always existed. In our day this includes the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and Darwin’s writings. It includes books on Scientology and Taoism.

And we can be sure that more books will be written on this subject. There will be no end to man’s search for spiritual enlightenment. And there is nothing that man will not be willing to believe – except God’s truth.

We can study all these writings as much as we want but all that will do is create weariness. It will get us nowhere. More than that, these false writings are dangerous. They are dead-ends that do not lead anyone to eternity with God. They lead people away from God and into hell.

God’s truth is the only truth. And only His truth can goad us on to better things in this life. Only His truth can lead us to heaven in the next life.

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It’s Best To Learn How To Enjoy Life When We’re Young

1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— 5they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— 6before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
(Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 ESV)

Yesterday young people were instructed to rejoice in their youth, for their youth is something to be enjoyed, especially since it does not last. But doing only that can (and likely will) lead to a wasted life. So today they are instructed to also remember their Creator.

“Remembering” God doesn’t mean that He crosses your mind once in a while. It means having an on-going relationship with Him much like we would have an on-going relationship with a friend. When we “remember” God we treat Him with reverence and gratitude. We seek His knowledge and advice for our lives [James 1:5].

We should do this in the days of their youth because as they get older life gets harder and less enjoyable. Verses 2-5 seem to refer poetically to old age and the negative physical and mental changes that go with it such as faltering memory and physical capacity (e.g. loss of sight and hearing).

On the other hand, youth is strength and freedom, if not sometimes folly. Adulthood is often difficult with its pressures and responsibilities and physical hardships. We have no pleasure in such a life. As life goes on, it tends to get less enjoyable.

It therefore becomes more difficult to “remember” God because we become so distracted with earthly things. It is much better to establish a relationship with God when we are young because if we do, that relationship will keep us from being overwhelmed by life as we get older [Proverbs 22:6].

Instead we should open our heart to God and seek His wisdom when we are young. We will then have our whole lives to use that wisdom so that our lives don’t become a burden, as it does for so many who don’t know God. Life is hard. Much that we do amounts to nothing. The author of Ecclesiastes acknowledges this. That’s why it’s best to discover the secrets to life while we’re young. Once we’re old it’s too late to make much use of them on this earth.

For one day, all of us will die. Our bodies, made of dust, will return to the earth. Yet our spirit returns to God who gave it. Notice that the author of Ecclesiastes is clearly making a distinction between our bodies and our spirits. We are not our bodies. Our bodies die. Our spirit lives on. We are eternal creatures.

All that happens to our bodies on earth is ultimately transient and meaningless. The only thing that matters is a relationship with God, for that is the only thing that lasts forever. And it is best to establish that relationship early in life so we’ll have not only the rest of our earthly days to enjoy it but also our post-earthly days.

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Eternity Is The Only Permanent Thing

9Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. 10Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
(Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 ESV)

Considering all the turmoil going on in the world, which King Solomon has recognized in all the preceding passages, the best time to enjoy life is when we are youngIn our youth we are more able to rejoice because we are less encumbered by life’s troubles.

That does not mean, however, that it is appropriate for us to do whatever our heart wants and our eyes see. Not all behavior is beneficial to us, even if it is pleasurable. Instead we should live with a godly caution, knowing that God will judge all the things we do and say during our lifetime.

All too often people think that God doesn’t want us to be happy; that He is interested in keeping us in a constant state of misery. But these verses prove that isn’t true. He wants us to be happy. But not so happy that we lose sight of the dangers in this world.

We’ve all had times in life we were giddy over a new direction our life was taking. Maybe it was a new relationship, or marriage. Or a new job. Or going to college. But when we are overly excited we tend to lose direction for lack of foresight of the things that can go wrong. This is why relationships end on a sour note. This is why marriages end in divorce. It’s great to be happy and enjoy life. But we must remain constantly vigilant against life’s pit falls.

Young people don’t realize this. Every day for them is a new experience. And they impulsively charge ahead in life, understandably, excited about their futures only to learn the hard way that life isn’t always a bed of roses. God warns us about this in today’s verse. Not everything in life is good for us, even if it seems so.

On the other hand, God doesn’t want us to be mired in a constant state of depression and misery. He commands us to remove vexation from our heart and to put away pain from our body. God knows that the unfairness of life can lead to emotional and physical pain. He does not want that for us. But, this verse seems to be warning us against self-inflicted future pain.

Considering our fleeting youth and the fact that our lives will be judged, we should act in such a way now so as to avoid painful consequences in the future. We can avoid troubles tomorrow by making wise choices today. Young people don’t often think this way. They live for today, not thinking about the consequences of their actions.

Youth and the dawn of life soon pass away. We are young for only a short time. It’s better, therefore, to think long-term. We’ll spend more time on this earth as adults than we will as children. But more than that, we’ll spend more time in eternity than we’ll spend on this earth. Eternity is the only permanent thing about our existence.

The best way to go through life is with just enough awareness of the evil that exists in this world so we can avoid it but not to be so concerned with such things that they rob us of our joy.

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Enjoy Life Despite The Difficulties

7Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 8So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
(Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 ESV)

The first thing God made was light. And He declared that light was good [Genesis 1:3, 4]. Solomon echoes those sentiments. Being alive – being able to see the sun – is a good and pleasant thing.

For as long as a person may live, he/she should rejoice in all the many years of life they have. This is not a new declaration by King Solomon; he had told us to do this previously [Ecclesiastes 3:12, 8:15 et. al].

But we should also remember that the days of darkness will me many. It is difficult to tell whether this is referring to the recurring times of trial we experience during our life on this earth or to the end of our life (death). Considering that people who lived during Old Testament times didn’t have full understanding of life after death, it could be the latter.

But in either case, the point is clear: life is given to us for enjoyment. God wants us to enjoy life, including our time on earth. Happiness is not meant solely for heaven.

We can be happy on this earth, despite the struggles, unfairness, and meaninglessness that exists here. The secret is, as we’ve already studied, that happiness can not be found in wealth, or career, or sex, or fame [Luke 12:15]. It comes from relationship – a relationship with the living God who created each and every one of us.

It is good for us often to remember the days of darkness else we might live for pleasure itself, which is also not good [Ecclesiastes 2:1-2]. Pleasure in life is found in living it God’s way – through work and relationship. Pleasure is meant to come from having the necessities of life and from the very fact that we are alive to begin with.

Light in the Bible is often a reference to God Himself, for God is light [Psalm 27:1; 1 John 1:5]. In heaven, there will be no sun but there will be light [Revelation 21:23]. In hell, there will be only darkness (figuratively; possibly literally) because God will not be there.

For those who choose to decline God’s offer of forgiveness before they die, this earth will be the only chance they have to enjoy being alive. For them, this life is as good as it gets. There will be no enjoyment of existence in hell because good things only come from God who will not be present there [James 1:17].

For those who do accept God’s offer of forgiveness of their sins before they die then this life is as bad as it gets. As such, we can tolerate the hurts and disappointments we experience here knowing that they are but temporary.

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God Wants Us To Be Liberal Givers

5As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. 6In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
(Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 ESV)

Yesterday we learned that wise people give to others who are in need. But doing so is risky, as we could always use whatever money or resources we give away for ourselves. So we make up excuses not to give. Solomon addresses this in today’s passage.

God has given us our resources to steward. Certainly we need to use some of them on ourselves – God never commands us to live in poverty or self-neglect [Luke 12:29-30]. But He also commands us to share with others.

Previously in Ecclesiastes God admonished us to be prudent and careful in the way we live [Ecclesiastes 10:8-11]. Living that way is the wise way to live as there are many misleading enticements in life that can snare us into unfulfillment and render life meaningless.

But here, God changes tactics. When it comes to our money, the wise way to live is to be liberal.

Obviously, this involves risk. We may need the money ourselves in the future. Besides, how can we be sure that the person to whom we give really needs it or won’t squander it?

Valid questions. But they are not our concern. Just as we do not know how a person’s spirit is joined to their body (this happens in the womb) we do not know the work of God. We may not know how God will take care of us in the future, but He will.

So we should be generous with our resources as if we were sowing seed. We should spread it around wisely, but without excessive analysis.

When sowing seed we do not know which will prosper nor do we worry about it. Some seeds will germinate and some will not. We don’t know which. All we know is that something good will eventually come of out of the ground.

Likewise, when we share with others we may not know where our own future sustenance will come from. Nor may we know who will receive the benefit of money (e.g. if we give through a charity). But we can know – for sure – that God will make something good come from our generous giving. And that is all we need to be concerned about.

When we give liberally we are 1) demonstrating concern for other people and their well-being and 2) trusting God to take care of us in the future.

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The Wise Time To Give To Others Is Right Now

1Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. 3If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. 4He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
(Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 ESV)

We come now to the beginning of the conclusion of the book of Ecclesiastes. Up until now, King Solomon has recognized and opined on the emptiness of life, the unfairness of life, and struggles of life. He has taught us that things don’t satisfy us and that nothing lasts beyond this lifetime, not even us. So he now turns to advising us on how to live properly.

Rather than chasing after things of this earth, we should be living lives characterized by wisdom. But not human wisdom. Godly wisdom.

And it is often the case that godly wisdom – wisdom that comes from God – does not make sense to limited human minds like our own. The things that God tells us to do and the way He tells us to live are usually just the opposite of how we would be naturally inclined to do things.

But we’ve already learned in our study that applying human wisdom to our lives doesn’t work; it doesn’t make our lives better. And despite its counter-intuitive nature, God’s way of doing things works; it does make our lives better.

One thing that God commands us to do is cast our bread upon the waters. Bread is sustenance. It is the things we need to live, like food and money. But rather than keep it for ourselves, God tells us to do something counter-intuitive: give it away to those in need.

When we do, we can be certain that God will take of us (you will find it) in the future if and when we are in need.

When we give we are to give to those we can and even more. This is the meaning behind the phrase “give a portion to seven, or even to eight“. This type of proverbial reference (X, X+1) is common in Hebrew [Proverbs 6:16, 30:18; Amos 1:3].

We should not be stingy with our giving. We should give what we think is appropriate and then add a bit more to it, as we tend to underestimate how much we should give. The reason for this is simple: we know not what disaster may happen on earth.

We shouldn’t wait to give to others until we are sure of their need. Just like clouds that are full of rain will eventually empty themselves on the earth, we can be sure there is someone who is in need right now or who will be shortly.

But too many of us wait After all, we might need the money ourselves. But this is exactly the opposite of how God wants us to live. We want to hold on to our money so we find any excuse not to give.

The one who observes the wind will not sow; the one who regards the clouds will not reap. In other words, those who wait for the perfect opportunity miss out.

The perfect time to give to others in need is right now. Hesitating in our giving or to being stingy with our giving is not wise.

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Sad Is The Land With Bad Leaders

16Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! 17Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness! 18Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. 19Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. 20Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter.
(Ecclesiastes 10:16-20 ESV)

It is not a good thing when a land is ruled by someone (king) who is immature (a child) and who is more interested in having a good time than taking care of business.

The daytime is the time for working. Feasts, in Israel, never took place in the mornings. They took place in the afternoon/evenings. So a leader (prince) who was attending or throwing a feast in the morning is demonstrating irresponsibility.

It is a sad time when a country’s leader(s) lack experience to handle their important positions and use those positions to satisfy their own pleasures. Unfortunately we have many leaders in America at all levels of government who are thusly immature and irresponsible.

On the other hand, a land is happy when its leader (king) does the right things at the proper time and does them not self-indulgently but for the sake of others.

When a leader is well educated and practices self-control (as would be the son of nobility) the people are better off. Such a leader may still feast but he does so for the purpose of gaining strength so he can continue to do his job rather than doing so for selfish reasons (drunkeness, gluttony). In other words, a good leader does not use his/her position to indulge himself. He uses it to serve others.

When a leader fails to do his job the roof sinks in and the house leaks. Small problems become big problems and big problems become disasters when they are neglected through the inactivity (sloth) and laziness (indolence) of those in leadership.

Verse 18 seems to be a sarcastic barb at lazy and incompetent leaders. They think that they are in power to enjoy the products of people’s labor such as bread and wine. Then they cover up their abuses by throwing money around in an attempt to silence their critics.

But nevertheless, when we have bad and corrupt leaders – as we currently have in America – we are not to curse them, not even in our thoughts or in the privacy of our own home.

God created leadership. Everyone who is in a leadership position was placed there by God [Romans 13:1]. And we are not to undermine His authority with gossip and complaining. If we do we are only making the problem worse by escalating dissatisfaction.

Such thoughts will be carried on air like a bird or winged creature who will then tell the matter to someone else. This, by the way, is the origin of the phrase “a little birdie told me”. And pretty soon our discontentment has spread to others, including those we don’t know.

Instead, God wants us to take our problems to Him, as only He can solve them. No other human being can solve the problem a poor leader is doing. It’s best to hand the problem over to God and not make the problem worse by complaining.

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Trying To Lead Without God Is Pure Foolishness

11If the serpent bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage to the charmer. 12The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. 13The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness. 14A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him? 15The toil of a fool wearies him, for he does not know the way to the city.
(Ecclesiastes 10:11-15 ESV)

Today’s passage continues with more proverbs extolling the benefits of living a life navigated by God-based wisdom.

Snake charmers were used in ancient times to remove snakes from a home. But the time to call the charmer is before the serpent (snake) bites. Once it has bitten then the damage has been done and there is no advantage in calling the charmer.

The time to prevent catastrophe is before it strikes, not after. Wise people make preparations in life to mitigate the danger and damage and as a result their lives are usually less stressful and more enjoyable.

The use of words differentiates wise people from foolish people. The words of a wise man win him favor. Wise people’s speech is constructive; it is useful; it is beneficial.

On the other hand, the words of a fool consume him. That is, they do the opposite of the wise words – they bring problems and do harm to his life.

Notice that the words of a fool are foolishness right from the beginning. Foolishness is inherent in a fool. It is part of their character. And it doesn’t get any better as time goes on; by the end his talk is evil madness. Any person who does not navigate life via God’s wisdom never has anything useful to say and never will.

In order to make up for the lack of quality in their words, a fool multiplies words. Foolish information is ubiquitous. And never has that been more true than in our day. We are bombarded with all kinds of information on TV, websites, blog and virtually none of it is useful.

This is something I realized a while back. And as a bit of an experiment (but also to clear my mind of all the crap it is exposed to) I stopped reading any news-related website and stopped using Twitter and Facebook. And since I also haven’t had a television for many years, I was no longer exposed to any information about current events.

I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and I can honestly say I don’t think I have missed out on anything. Virtually none of the information that is poured out of our media today is useful. All of it is nothing more than a waste of words and it is a waste of life to spend any time following it.

One way to tell a fool from a wise person is that the former talks about the future as if he knows what is to be. But no one can tell what will be.

No one knows what the future holds. Only God knows that. If someone does not listen to and follow God but instead only listens to and follows their own human thinking they cannot lead.

Sadly, in America (and all over the world) we have leaders who do just that – they ignore God (if they recognize His existence at all) and instead try to lead using their own understanding.

Such an approach wearies people who follow such a foolish leader for that leader does not know the way into the city. This apparently was an ancient proverb indicating that someone did not understand the most simple and obvious things.

Someone who does not navigate his/her own life via godly wisdom has no ability to navigate other people’s lives. Both he and his followers will end up lost.

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Wisdom Leads To Success

8He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall. 9He who quarries stones is hurt by them, and he who splits logs is endangered by them. 10If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.
(Ecclesiastes 10:8-10 ESV)

In today’s passage and the ones that follow King Solomon offers up some examples of wisdom that people can use to make their lives easier and better. These examples are given in the form of proverbs.

Like most proverbs, these are not meant to be taken literally. Rather King Solomon uses what were then culturally-relevant illustrations to teach lessons about living a wise life.

Today’s verses identify how we can mitigate danger in our lives and thereby protect ourselves from unnecessary harm. The wise man identifies danger ahead of time and takes necessary precautions.

Obviously the one who digs a pit will need to take precautions so he won’t fall into it himself. In ancient times walls were used as boundary markers between property. But it was common for snakes to hide in these walls (which often didn’t use mortar). Thinking about this ahead of time and protecting oneself is the wise thing to do.

The point here is to think before acting. Don’t just charge ahead in life without considering the possible consequences of your actions. There may be hidden dangers.

Likewise, dangerous jobs such as quarrying stones or splitting logs can endanger and hurt someone. Proper precautions should be taken.

Good preparation will make life easier, safer, and more enjoyable. As the modern-day proverb states: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Thinking things through before we start and having a proper plan will result in more efficient work with less rework. But too many times in life we just charge ahead without proper preparation (how many of us read user manuals?). As a result we experience frustration and delay.

This is why Solomon says if the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength. Today our tools are made from steel and other high quality metals. But in Solomon’s day they were made from iron. During use they would lose their sharpness (e.g. an axe) and would need to be sharpened (e.g. in a forge) in order to work effectively.

But if those tools are not sharpened they will not work properly and more time and effort will have to be expended to achieve results. Not to mention there was increased probability of harming oneself. Obviously, the wise thing to do is to keep one’s tools sharp.

Wisdom is like a sharpened tool. It helps us get through life will less effort and danger and with more success. When we approach life in a wise way – instituting the actions and attitudes that we’ve been reading about in Ecclesiastes – life will go much better for us.

The wise person thinks things through before taking action. He has a plan that accounts for what could go wrong and takes the necessary precautions. Wisdom helps one to succeed.

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