Get Wise

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 2:7-15 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path. (v. 9) Do you think much about right and wrong? Do you talk much about what is right and wrong in the world? This proverb encourages us to see the role that wisdom plays in understanding right from wrong. It celebrates the victory of wisdom, but it also warns of the horrible, evil alternative to wisdom. Verses 13-15 show where evil leads: to hurtful, slanderous …

Give Me, Lord!

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding. (v. 3) You have likely been to a sporting event where they give away free T-shirts. At half-time or some other break in the action, the cheerleaders walk up and down the sidelines and throw or shoot the shirts to various parts of the crowd. People stand and wave for the shirts to come their way. They cry out, “Up here! Up here! Me! …

All That Matters

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 12 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. (v. 13 NIV) The Teacher has taught true words of life for us: if we long to see God, he will show up. The Teacher reminded us that life is beyond our human understanding. When we strive to know “Why?” we get close, but we don’t quite reach that place …

Mind on God

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:1 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.” (v. 1) Sometimes we are prone to say to a person who loves to rebel and do wrong things, “Go ahead. But remember you’ll pay for it someday.” We really don’t want them to “go ahead.” But we know that young people often won’t listen …

Get Sharp

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. (v. 10 NIV) There is the familiar adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That advice will work to a point, but Solomon’s advice here will help us add something to the “trying.” The Wisdom Writer advises us to get better at our trying through sharpening our skills. We can all think of hard work …

Love the One You’re With

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 9:1–10 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life. (v. 9) Reading the title of this meditation may cause you to think, “Free love.” But God’s Word is completely opposed to that sinful way of thinking. Sadly, our culture today, both in and outside of the church, has a great disregard for marriage. This is odd, because at the same time everyone seems to long for someone to love. Humankind …