Ecclesiastes 5:1–7; Hebrews 4:12–13
So much of this ancient journal is horizontal musing, the bitter and barren side of life seen through the eyes of a cynic—Solomon himself. But on a few, rare occasions, the book is punctuated with remarkable vertical insights that scrape away the façade of empty religion and drive us back to the reality of a meaningful relationship with God. This passage is one of those occasions. Like a cool oasis in the middle of a hot, dry desert, these seven verses provide refreshment to a soul weary from horizontal pursuits. Ecclesiastes 5:1—7 allows the Christian to take a few steps away from occupational involvements and into the Lord’s presence . . . to worship and focus on Him. What’s to be remembered? How are we to think and respond?
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