Ecclesiastes 7:18, “It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.”
Ecclesiastes, is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word “qohelet” which has the meaning of “one who convenes a congregation,” “Preacher”.
It’s easier to say King Solomon did not write this book, than it is to day he did. The date and author probably fall between 400 and 200 B.C.
Belonging to wisdom “writings”, the preacher/sage of Ecclesiastes following the wisdom tradition is saying, that as human beings we are incapable of grasping all of life’s meaning. Likewise, as human beings we are powerless to change life’s realities.
Here in our text; it is implied that as human beings we should lead a balanced life. As human beings, we should be patient and enjoy the life that God has given us.
We have the ability to think and reason with ourselves; to know our limitations and not stress ourselves with unrealistic expectations. The preacher is asking us to find the middle of the road, while living carefully before God.
We reach too far when we search for what God has kept to himself; however, to enjoy what God has given us (life), is our duty.
Wisdom teaches us to face life with joy; its human to find enjoyment in the world God has created for us; not to the point of seeking fulfillment without consideration of divine values, but acceptance of life with both its plus and minus elements, as the gifts of God, our Creator.
Lord your word says, “we are fearfully and wonderfully made,” “that your works are wonderful.” You said, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Father, open our hearts to your wisdom, knowledge and discipline.
Bless us Father, to seek the best of life, while understanding seasons we have to accept less. Help us in our quest to enjoy life, and if we fall, or someone we know falls; Father, help us to get back up. Lord, please fill our hearts with gladness, and joy in our living. Lord, we know that the “race is not give to the swift, or the battle to the strong” so, we ask that you would be with us through it all. In Jesus name. Amen