Learning To Be Satisfied—-Ecclesiastes 7
Taken from Bible Study at Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS, under Pastor Jim Fryer. KJV verses from E-Sword Bible program.
Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Ecc 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Ecc 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Ecc 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Ecc 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Ecc 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ecc 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
A. Sorrow is better than laughter. B. Rebuke is better than praise.
C. The long haul is better than a shortcut. Birbery only turns a wise man into a fool and encourages corruption. It is better that we wait patiently and humbly for God to work out His will, rather than we get angry and demand our own way.
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
Proverbs 16:32–He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Good beginnings usually mean good endings. James 1:13-15–
Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The Prodigal Son and his actions tell about how he wasn’t satisfied in his life:Luke 15:11-24— Luk 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Luk 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luk 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luk 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Luk 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Luk 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luk 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luk 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luk 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
Luk 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Joseph started as a slave and ended up in the King’s Palace!
God always saves the best for last. Example is found in John 2:10. Satan always starts out with the best and then leads the sinner into suffering and perhaps even death.
An old Arab saying states: “Watch your beginnings.”
Ezra 3:12, 13–
Ezr 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
Ezr 3:13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
It has been said that “the good old days” are a combination of a bad memory and a good imagination. Yesterday cannot be changed and tomorrow may not come. “Carpe Diem”–Seize the day!
We can learn from the past and prepare for the future. But, we must live in today in the will of God and not be paralyzed by either the past nor the future. A Victorian essayist said this: “While you are dreaming of the future or regretting the past, the present, which is all you have, slips from you and is gone.”
Are you learning to be satisfied?