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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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After showing us the injustice and perplexities of life, Solomon gives us a platform to help us know how to remain firm through difficult times.

He starts with the affirmation that wisdom is superior to all the possessions we can have. A wise man knows how to interpret the experiences of life and contrast hardships with goodness, the current culture with good Christian virtues. That is why it is suggested “to keep the king’s commandments.” The servant can be right, but it would not be wise for him to challenge the king if it is not needed. Submission to the laws of the country and God is a requirement to enjoy peace and security.

The wise man knows when to talk and when to keep quiet. He knows the right methods and procedures and follows them.  He recognizes the opportunities and takes them when he sees them; there is a place and time for everything.  But one of the human limitations that cause anxiety is that we cannot predict what will happen next. 

Verse 8 says that life can end in any moment because: (1) Nobody can keep another person alive, (2) death is under God’s control, (3) when it comes to the great controversy there is no earthly authority that can rescue us, only God can.

Solomon is talking from his own experience; the one who does wrong to his neighbor destroys himself. I also have seen bad people who have been far away from God and receive praise when they die, but in time they are forgotten.

Our daily tasks have a purpose, they serve as discipline and edification of our characters. Therefore men should not try to be “wise in their own opinion” and believe they are capable of understanding God’s actions. The correct attitude in front of God should be: “to accept the gifts He gives us and put them to use for Him.” 

“They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:3, 4).

“Dear God, you are the mighty one and through the gift of your Son you have made us your sons and daughters.  Lord, every day, I need your presence to guide me to do what is right and not to depend on myself.  Please stay near me.  Amen.”

Hugo Valda

Executive Secretary

Bolivia Union

South American Division