August 29 “God’s promise in trials”

Older coupleGod has given us a great promise to hang on to when we’re going through tests and trials. God’s promise in trials is one every believer should memorize.

Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 7
Psalm 103.1-5
Proverbs 24.7-9
1 Corinthians 10.1-18

Ecclesiastes 7:

Funerals and parties

There are so many nuggets in this chapter! Let’s start with verse 2. What does it mean when it says, “better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting”?

Solomon is saying it’s better to go to a funeral than to a party, because a funeral causes you to examine your life and your relationship with God. But a party often distracts you and keeps you from looking honestly at your life.

This chapter also talks about the sovereignty of God and how the plans and purposes of God cannot be thwarted (vv. 12-14).

Solomon encourages us to do right, even though in a sin-cursed world, bad things happen to the good and the evil. He reassures us that the laws of sowing and reaping determine that it is better to do right. Peter echoed that truth in the New Testament:

“For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Pet. 3.17).

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