Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Maintain Balance

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.”

Theological Reflection

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.

Prayer

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

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon can to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and the entire human race.

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