I finally have time to write post something! My life has been crazy lately.
In verses one through eight, Solomon goes on about how there is a time for everything. Each activity or emotion has a time in our life. Sometimes we might want to do something but we know it isn’t the right time for that, we need to do something else. Sometimes we just want to lay around and cry about something, but you can’t wallow in sadness. Eventually you have to get up and push away that sadness and embrace the days ahead of you with a positive attitude. God will help you in this. If you are in a pit of despair, cry out to God for help, comfort, and strength and He will come to you. God is waiting for all His children to cry out for His help. If you need Him…go to Him.
Solomon is starting to see God in life in these passages. He gives God credit for the beauty of this world. He states that the gift of God is “that everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toils.” God endures forever; nothing can be added to or taken away from this world or from God. Men revere God because of this.
is described as “to regard with respect tinged with awe; venerate.” Revere
Everyday is the same; yesterday, today, and tomorrow are all the same. There is wickedness everywhere. There always has been, there always will be. God will judge us for this wickedness. God will judge both the wicked and the righteous.
There is a time for everything. All things must come to and end. Everything dies, it goes back to the dust of which it came from. Solomon decided at the end of these verses that there is nothing better for man to do that to enjoy his work. (He’s kinda two faced on this issue isn’t he?)
Solomon noticed all the bad and evil that was happening to the people of the world, and he saw that they had no comforter. He said that those who were dead were better off than those living. He also said that those who had not been born yet were even better off than the dead because they hadn’t even seen the light of day.
Solomon saw that all the work and accomplishments of those around him were a result of envy. This, he said, is meaningless. It is better to be tranquil than to toil in meaningless ways.
Working all alone without companionship is meaningless. Without people around you loose the enjoyment of life, you deprive yourself. You also become very consumed in yourself and in your wealth.
(These next few verses, 9-12, are some of my all time favorite verses!!)
Two people, together, are better than someone who is alone. They help each other and profit from each other, but they don’t take advantage of each other. If one person falls down, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually, his friend can help him up. But a man who has no friends won’t have help when he falls. If two are in need of warmth, they can draw close to each other and the will keep warm. If one needs comforting, his friend can draw close and comfort him. But one who doesn’t have a friend has no one to help keep him warm or to comfort him. When one person is put in some kind of hardship without the support of a friend, he will easily fall. But when a person goes through a hardship with a friend by his side, he can stand strong. The encouragement of a friend is powerful. When you put three friends together you are even stronger to face whatever comes your way. I recently was inspired about the meaning of the verse where is says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” This can refer to three different situations, I think. The first one is the most obvious. Three friends together are strong, and their friendship is secure. I realized a while back the this verse could also refer to two close/ best friends who have God actively in their lives and in their friendship. This reminds me of a song by Michael W. Smith called “Friends.” Some of the lyrics are “And friends are friends forever, if the Lord's the Lord of them…In the Father's hands we know, that a lifetime's not too long to live as friends.” Sometimes this is hard to do because you want to talk about boys/girls, school, sports, or music. But the strongest friendship is one where you not only talk about those things, but you talk about God. What He’s done in your life, what He’s doing in your life, you pray together, study the word together, and you encourage each other with scripture. This is the kind of friendship that is strong and will last. The third meaning of this verse applies to marriage. My best friend recently told me about this meaning behind the verse. This meaning is much like the last meaning except that it has to do with a married man and woman rather than friends. All the principles are pretty much the same. But they are on a more intimate level. This is the longest I’ve ever gone on about a certain set of verses. But after God, friends are the biggest thing in my life. I treasure my friends and I try very hard at the relationships I have. I’m sure many of you can relate.
The last bit of Ecclesiastes four talk about how it is better to be young and wise, then to be old and foolish. I think that’s pretty self explanatory.
I really hope what I have said in this post helps and encourages you! I pray that this will in some way affect you. If you have any questions about what I have said, feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you!