Memory Text Memory Text Ecclesiasties 12:2 — Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,
Westminster Confession 1.10 The Supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.
Monday: In Eccles 9:13-16 what should have happened to the poor man? What did happen? Why does this bother the Preacher? How do 9:16-10:3 back that up? Why is wisdom still better? Have you ever experienced something like v 16? Why bother being wise? Pray and work for more moments that are God-pleasing and God-reflecting.
Tuesday: If wisdom and folly continue to be contrasted, who is ruling in Eccles 10:4-7? When rulers rule foolishly, how do the wise respond (v 4, Prov 25:15, 15:1)? How might v 20 apply to how you speak (or post, tweet, etc) of those in authority in your home, church, country? How does The Ruler’s rule in Dan 7:13-14 free you live with foolish people?
Wednesday: In Eccles 10:8-11, which situations does wisdom help with? Which does the fool cause? Ponder v 10 -how have you been chopping with a blunt axe in your toil? Think about the wisdom of stopping to ‘sharpen’ yourself. How does this apply to your work? parenting? house keeping? spiritual life? body? mind?
Thursday: Read Eccles 10:12-13 and Eph 4:24-32. How do you speak more ‘wise man’ words? Pray about this and determine to work on it in a focused area. Read Eccles 10:13 and James 1:19. Do you pause to ask “should I speak now and if so, how and what?” Remember how Christ speaks to his children as you seek to speak wisely.
Friday: What are the two kinds of rulers in Eccles 10:17? What happens through lazy and self-indulgent rule (v 18)? How will Christ’s rule over us move us more and more toward moderation, self control, and wise preparation (Col 3:23-24)?
Saturday: Read Ecclesiastes 11. What do you think vv 1-2 mean? Pray that God would work in us powerfully tomorrow.