In our reading in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, you will remember the author of both is King Solomon. How could the messages of the books be so different?
Ecclesiastes expresses Solomons’ experience at a time when he was out of fellowship with God and seeking satisfaction in worldly things. Over and over, he exclaims, “all is meaningless.” His effort proved fruitless, so different from Proverbs when he was walking in fellowship with God. At that time, he proclaimed that “fear” (reverence) for the Lord brought contentment, and one is untouched by troubles. The lesson is obvious, for we too think we can choose our own way and find satisfaction. Let’s stay close to God and enjoy his way of peace.
In the Corinthian passage, Paul is responding to questions concerning marriage, circumcision and slavery. These were doubtless specific situations of the day, yet his response still holds truth and much guidance for us. Let’s embrace Pauls’ conclusion, which exhorts, “but you live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.”
The conclusion of the matter may be found in the first verse of our reading in Proverbs, “The fear of the Lord leads to life.” Let’s press on for HIS kind of life – very much like Jesus offered … abundant life! We dare to say that that is truly living life to the full!
Gordon and Eleanor Fowler
Faithful servants of Jesus