11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.
Today’s Inspiration: King Solomon in all His wisdom and splendor at the end of his life, finally reflected on his life and what he had toiled to achieve, concludes that everything was meaningless. Whatever he pursued was chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:11. It is essential that no matter what age we are, we should examine our life and evaluate what we have been doing and start valuing ourselves to see if we have reached the Lord’s expectation of us through mirroring our life’s accomplishments and fruit of the spirit with His word. Man focused on outward actions but God measures both our inward actions and our outward actions. Therefore don’t focus only on your serving on the outside but work on godliness which had more profit to you.
It’s time for us to reflect our walk with God. God desires a truly repentant heart. Hence it is good daily to examine all of our words and actions to see if they are motivated by the love and fear of the Lord or by pride.
Human nature is filled with pride because pride is the Father of lies. Pride was passed from Satan and his cohorts down to Adam and throughout all generations. Therefore no one is exempted. It is only the degree of pride that varies in each one of us. Why is the world in conflict is because each one tries to manipulate and control each other.
The world is filled with condemnation, gossiping, slandering, judgementalism and rebellion because of wickedness of heart caused by pride. Jeremiah 17:9. We can never satisfy everyone. This is because their expectation of us is beyond us that are motivated by pride. Teamwork is difficult because each tries to force their way through to their own satisfaction. When a project fails, each tries to blame the other instead of reflecting the wrong choices we have made ourselves. We cannot blame the other party for the choices we make. Eve blamed Satan for sinning against God and Adam blamed Eve. We are always in the blame game. No one is at fault. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23. Sin produced in us every long of covetous desire. Romans 7:8.
Jesus spoke so much about idle words. Conflict comes through perception of what we hear. We are very quick to speak and quick to anger. Apostle James tells us to be quick to listen instead and slow to speak and slow to anger. James 1:19. This should be the whole duty of man to maintain peace. It was for our peace that Jesus is being chastised that grants us the pardon from God if we repent. Isaiah 53:5. God will restore us if we repent. Unless our words are pleasing to God, we cannot be His spokesman. Jeremiah 15:19.
Jesus says man will have to give account of every careless word we speak on the day of judgement. Mt 12:36. For by our words we will be acquitted and by our words we will be condemned. V37. Out of the condition of the heart a man speaks. V35. Hence we can assess each one’s character by the tone and the words they speak. The more God’s word is implanted in our heart the more we speak like God.
External beauty is good but more importantly is the inner beauty. You can be the most charming person in the world but if you are full of temper, easily provoked that caused you to react rashly, your external beauty is not attractive to the viewer. People draw closer to us by actions and tone of our voice. So focus on the inner beauty of your heart more than your outward actions.
This is why Jesus said that a good man speaks good things out of the good things (the word of God) stored up in his heart and the evil man speaks evil and rashful words (out of their past hurting experiences that caused them to perceive the wrong intention of people’s words.) Mt 12:35. Out of overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. V34.
What you hear is also important. Only take in words of edification, exhortation and comfort. All of Solomon’s wise sayings cannot be compared to the teachings of Jesus. Therefore let His word be deeply rooted in your hearts. Do not be ever hearing but never understanding, ever seeing but never perceiving. It’s only when you are able to see with your eyes, hear with your ears and understand accurately with your hearts and return to Him that you will be healed. Hence inner healing of the hearts surpassed external healing. Once your hearts and mind are healed, your whole being is wholesome. Matthew 13:14-15. God’s word is eternal and will never pass away even if the whole world perished and pass away. So speak and take in only God’s word and you will see life in abundance and acquire the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom which is given only to his disciples. Whoever has, more will be given. Whoever does not have, will be taken away from him. Matthew 13:11-12.
So do not only be hearers of the word but be doers of the word, examining and applying to your life, you will be blessed in whatever you do. If you hear the words and you do not bear witness in the spirit and do not apply to your life, you are like one who looked to the mirror and walked away. There is no reflection of your beauty. But like we look in the mirror and examine if there is any flaw in our face, we need to use the word of God to be the mirror to reflect our life to check the flaws of our actions and words. Only those who apply His words will be blessed.
Such is the teaching of Jesus which we need to get deeply to reflect each day during our devotion period. God be praised.