LIFe with God: December 6, 2018

Posted on December 6, 2018

Scripture

Ecclesiastes 11

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Observation

Bible Knowledge Commentary: Solomon closed his discussion on people’s ignorance of the future with some practical advice about their activities in view of such ignorance. To emphasize that man is ignorant of the future Solomon said, “You do not know” three times; he also said, “You cannot understand”. However, he counseled that ignorance of the future should lead not to inactivity or despair, but to diligent labor.
Solomon noted that people are as ignorant of God’s providential dealings in human affairs as they are of “the path of the wind” and the formation of a baby in its “mother’s womb”. Moreover, people do not know which of their ventures “will succeed” or what calamities might come on the earth and wipe out the results of their work. Even so, people should engage in diligent, active labor. Like the benefits that come from the seafaring trade of foodstuffs, so active involvement in business gives a promise of some return. But in view of the possibility of disaster a person should make prudent investments in numerous ventures (to seven, yes to eight) rather than put all his “eggs in one basket”. The NEB accurately reflects this interpretation of Ecc. 11:1-2, “Send your grain across the seas, and in time you will get a return. Divide your merchandise among seven ventures, eight maybe, since you do not know what disasters may occur on earth.”

Application

LASB: Because life has no guarantees, we must be prepared. Solomon does not support a stingy, despairing attitude. Just because life is uncertain does not mean we should do nothing. We need a spirit of trust and adventure, facing life’s risks and opportunities with God-directed enthusiasm and faith. The wise person does not just think about the moment and its impact; he or she takes the long-range view toward eternity. Approach your decisions with God’s perspective—consider their impact 10 years from now and into eternity. Live with the attitude that although our life is short, we will live with God forever. Enjoy life now, but don’t do anything physically, morally, or spiritually that will prevent you from enjoying life when you are old.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Teach me to properly reconcile having a proper view of eternity with living life on this earth. Give me a spirit of holy optimism, enthusiasm, and faith, and may I live and work with joy in this life in such a way that impacts eternity for Your kingdom. I pray this in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

  • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
  • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
  • A harvest of souls of all ages
  • Good, nurturing relationships

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #48: What is the church?

Children’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head.

Adult’s Answer: The church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The universal church is all those who have received salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of members of the universal church, who worship together, encourage and learn from one another, build each other up in the knowledge and grace of God, and spur each other on to good works. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 12:13-14,27 (HCSB)

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.So the body is not one part but many. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.

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