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Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, after going through times of pleasure and pain, in his old age says: What advantage do we get from life? His reflection on his own life is the expression of all human beings, who in their desperation for an explanation, try to understand reality.

In chapter 11, the emphasis is found in the verse 5, where we read that “we ignore God’s work and the One who makes everything.” And in verse 6 Solomon adds: “for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” Also in verse 8 he says that “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.”

In verse 9, he invites those who are young to be happy and to let their heart give them joy while they are still in their youth. To follow the ways of the heart is not wrong in itself, but he reminds them they should know that for all they do, God will judge them.

The message for us today is to fully use the gifts that the Lord has given us. To develop them as much as possible, serving, sharing and distributing them. It is a human mistake to only want the results that we desire. God calls our attention by saying, “The same way you do not know the ways of the spirit, and the same way a baby grows in the mother’s womb….you ignore God’s work.”

God invites us to humble ourselves before the majesty of His work. We should not focus our attention on adversity and the apparent obstacles while we have the opportunity to carry out His mission. We need to see these problems as opportunities to develop our faith.

Finally, Solomon makes a call to the youth, to “banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor alone are meaningless.” The only way to get rid of the anger we have is giving our lives to Jesus. To contemplate Jesus on the cross will give us the love for those who hurt us.

We should know that God’s hands rule everything.  So we should walk by faith without questioning God’s wisdom or goodness. In His hands we find assurance.

“Dear Lord, help me to walk by faith, doing all I can while trusting in your love and power. Amen.”

Luis Martínez
Executive Secretary
Paraguay Union of Churches
South American Division