Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 5
Reading: Ecclesiastes 2:12-16
Are you broken yet? We usually go the Bible to find answers, not questions. If you’ve been following along you realize that the Teacher has just dropped three nuclear bombs on the most common buildings onto which we lean our ladders to success. 1) Living to laugh under the mantra “You Only Live Once!”. 2) Living to achieve and amass -“He who dies with the most toys wins.” 3) Living to accumulate knowledge (there is no mantra that I know of). They all lead to the same place. Dead buried and forgotten. The big question now is, “What’s the point?”
Ready to give up? I think this is the “Teacher’s” intention so that he can get our attention. To wake us up. He does say that being wise is better than being a fool even though they have the same fate. He says it’s like living in the light versus the darkness. At least in the light, you can see life as it is and change course when needed. Being wise helps you recognize when something is wrong. The wise seek answers. The wise are humbled. The wise seek God because who is left to turn to?
God is calling to you.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
When I realized that my fate’s the same as the fool’s, I had to ask myself, “So why bother being wise?” It’s all smoke, nothing but smoke. The smart and the stupid both disappear out of sight. In a day or two they’re both forgotten. Yes, both the smart and the stupid die, and that’s it.