Ecclesiastes 11: Graciously Aging God’s Way
July 3, 2012, 6:32 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book

 Actively LIVE by faith by a bold, aggressive investment of our lives in making disciples and worshipping God. (11:1-6).  While the verses in Ecclesiastes 10 deal with nobles and upper class, Ecclesiastes 11 deals with the common man.  In order for a common man to get out of the “common” or “routine” way to live, they have to take risks by living by faith.

   By wisdom and faith, INVEST into the lives of others (1 Cast thy bread upon (upon the face of) the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days).  This verse is a metaphorical expression taken from grain trade of a seaport town and illustrates the successful prospects of a bold business investment.Pour yourself into God and into others as His instrument.  Become the “living sacrifice” that is broken and poured out into others.

1.       You become vulnerable and will get hurt

2.      You have to let down the walls

3.      You take a risk

4.      You will make a difference

5.      You will live a blessed life

  1.  Give generously to others (2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest notwhat evil shall be upon the earth).  The use of “seven, and also to eight” carries the idea of being generous to as many as possible and then some.
    1. Give of you (love, time, money)
    2. Don’t give to protect yourself from bad times.
    3. Expect God to work in your life
  2.   Actively pursue things which are extraordinary (3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be).  ( 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap).  The idea here is that no matter what kind of precautions one may take, there are some things we have no control over…so live by faith!  Also remember that is a tree falls, someone will use the wood.  If we wait for the perfect time and perfect conditions, we will never do the Lord’s will. We are to give generously because it is the natural outflow of a full life, like clouds that are filled with rain and empty themselves again and again upon the earth. A life that is full of the blessing and grace of God ought to shower others with that blessing.  When we read of the tree falling, just remember it is God who controls the fall of the tree out in the forest; whether it falls to the south or the north is within the scope of divine providence to determine, but where it falls, that is where it is to be. Bloom where you are planted.
  3.  Courageously Trust God to use you (5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.)  (6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper (shall be right), either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. ).  Since the ways of God and His works are His, we don’t understand them, but we do see His great power and wisdom.  So we all need to get busy and allow God to do something even though you don’t know how it will turn out…live by faith! Do not hold back from letting God break you, surrender and get involved. Let the success or failure of a task rest in the hand of God—but get to the task. A diligent man is a satisfied man.

Enjoy Life NOW (The Gospel gives us Abundant Life TODAY) (11:7-10).  Four Truths: 1.  Happiness and Joy are for TODAY as well as the Future in Heaven.  2.  True Happiness and Joy in inseparably linked to the person of Jesus Christ and apart from a growing, vital relationship with Him, nothing satisfies.  3.  There will be many days of darkness, difficult days.  4. All that cometh is vanity or joys will not come easily; God gives them in the midst of what we perceive as a  puzzling and futile life.

  1.  Enjoyment and judgment, though strange partners, come together in this section because both clamor for man’s deepest commitment. Surprisingly, one does not win out over the other. In a world created for enjoyment but damaged by sin, judgment and enjoyment/pleasure are held in tension. With too much pleasure, judgment stands as a threatening force; with too much judgment, enjoyment suffers. In the final analysis, both are prominent themes of life that are resolved in our relationship to God, the primary issue of life and this book.
  2.   Focus on the good rather than the bad in your life. (7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:  Light=life, darkness=death.
  3.  Don’t limit your happiness to one age or stage in your life, enjoy it all.  (8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity).
  4.  Pay attention to God’s Warnings to keep our lives from turning joy into sin. (9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.) (10 Therefore remove sorrow(vexation or anger) from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth arevanity.)
    1. Youth passes, so get busy NOW in doing God’s will.
    2. Remove sorrow (vexation) which includes the ideas of anger and resentment.  When mixed together, these lead to rebellion.  We are to also remove those things which bring harmful effects to us.




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