Study God's Word While You're Open - Ecclesiastes 12:9-11
April 19, 2023, 9:00 AM

9. Not only was the Teacher wise, but also, he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. 11. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails-- given by one Shepherd.

Solomon was the wise teacher, trying to teach knowledge through parables and memorable sayings. The book of Proverbs is the example of many teachable words that come from his mouth and pen under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This is why his writing is part of Scripture. Parables and wisdom statements are meant as lines on a highway. They guide us on our path and show us the boundaries. Wisdom includes words of warning, words like goads are like sticks that prod an ox or mule to keep us in line.

Throughout the book Solomon reminds us of the problems of wealth. It is quickly spent and you can't take it with you.

Honor and achievement are a fleeting moment of glory and it is gone. People can't even remember your name after a little while.

God is at the center, you can enjoy hobbies and discern entertainment. You put your cars and houses in a different perspective. The Lord leads us in college, jobs, in relationships, friendship, and in marriage, but without Him it is all vanity.

Make Christ center of your life. Make His Word the purpose of your study while you are open.

Major changes cause you to adjust and change your thinking about many things. Getting married does that. Having children does that. Changing jobs and getting new jobs does that. Making moves in your life or assuming new responsibilities in your church does that. But there are times when our faith, or our manner of thinking and beliefs are challenged. Before you make too many major mistakes in your life, stop thinking that this life has to offer - more excitement than God.

Let the Word of God and His wisdom be the foundation of your life for truth. Study and seek it with all intensity, meditate on His Word realizing it is truth. Study it. In fact, you are blessed in your spiritual faith journey if you read God's word every day. Make it a regular habit. God will use a verse, a thought, a principle in your life when you have the resources, because you have studied and prayed.

I am often aware how much God has for the individual who spends time in prayer and in God's word. Even if you have a few minutes in the morning at home, or in the car with a Bible tape, or before going to bed, expose your mind to the word of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit I ask for your guidance as I study. Be my resident teacher. Empower me to put into practice what You are showing me. Thank You that You want to speak to me.