Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 35
Reading: Ecclesiastes 10:1-10
Reading for Holy Week: Mt 26:1-27:66
Chapter 10 of Ecclesiastes reads very much like the book of Proverbs. Each verse or two is a self-contained thought packed with practical wisdom without much relation to the context surrounding it. There is a lot here. And, given when they are written, kind of funny on the surface.
I remember going to a marketing seminar where I was told, it takes seven positives to overcome one negative. If you like to use Yelp or Amazon.com to buy things or make choices of where to eat chances are you read the reviews. You could look at something and see that it has 4.7 out of 5 stars. The reviews are all glowing except for that one or two where they seem to really, REALLY dislike something. One star. Those negatives are enough to make you pause and wonder if something is any good. Even if it has a long history of greatness.
So it goes with humans. Today being Monday of Holy Week, you are going to see the worst of humanity as you follow the story of Jesus’ suffering and death. Not just the “bad” guys but the “good” guys too. Remember Jesus’ words, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” And out of that forgiveness, some of these people would impact the world in powerful ways.
As humans living together, be slow to judge and quick to forgive. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Ecclesiastes 10:1 (NIV)