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Our Journey – Week 26

Reflection date should have been: June 29th

During Week 26 we journeyed through:

Date

June Reading

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June 23

Psalm 134; 146-150

 

June 24

1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8

 

June 25

Proverbs 25-26

 

June 26

Proverbs 27-29

 

June 27

Ecclesiastes 1-6

 

June 28

Ecclesiastes 7-12

 

June 29

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Note: there was a typo on June 23rd; original plan stated Psalm 134;
146-450... sorry for any confusion this may have caused - it should
have stated through 150, as I've corrected here.

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

One verse truly touched me the week I was able to read through it, and again today – as I review: Psalm 147:11… but let me back up to v.10

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of a man;
the LORD delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

As I ponder on this verse I keep coming back to – He delights in those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love – He will always provide for us. But as I had a conversation today … we still need to learn to discern His direction in order to see what He’s providing for us. Ask yourself: will it come in an awesome storm, huge wind…, or in a whisper?? Are you listening? Are you fearing Him? Are you putting all of your hope in Him?

The notes from my Life Application NIV Study Bible:

We spend much effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase our strength. There is nothing wrong with doing so, and, in fact, our gifts can be used to glorify God. But when we use our skills with no regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our fear (reverence) and trust that God desires. When He has those, then He will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we can imagine.

Far greater… read that again!

Proverbs 26

4 Do no answer a fool according to his folly, 
       or you will be like him yourself.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
       or he will be wise in his own eyes.

I kept questioning these verses… then looked onto my notes in the Life Application NIV Study Bible:

These two verses seem to contradict, but they actually are purposely demonstrating the contradiction between reason and folly. A fool remains a fool whether he is answered or not. The wise person has a choice to make depending on what he or she sees is the greatest need of the fool. Some fools don’t deserve an answer because they are clearly not in a mood to listen and those who try to answer them will simply stoop to their level. There are other situations where common sense says to answer the fool in order to expose his or her pride and folly.

One of my favorite verses:                Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron,
    so one man sharpens another.

We can depend on one another to keep each other accountable! The Life Application NIV Study Bible note shares:

Mental sharpness comes from being around good people. And a meeting of minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires discussion partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought – people who focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion; people who know how to attack the though and not the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper.

Do you have someone you can depend on, bounce thought of, discuss freely with? I hope you do – if not pray for discernment in who God wants to be the person that helps to sharpen you.

Ecclesiastes 

 1:16-18 Delve deeper into these verses… ending with a chasing after the wind. Making all things meaningless… that’s what the beginning of this book is all about – ALL THINGS ARE MEANINGLESS… WITHOUT GOD. The notes share:

The more you understand, the more pain and difficulty you experience. For example, the more you know, the more imperfection you see around you; and the more you observe, the more evil becomes evident. As you set out with Solomon to find the meaning of life, you must be ready to feel more, think more, question more, hurt more, and do more. Are you ready to pay the price for wisdom?

Solomon highlights two kinds of wisdom in the book of Ecclesiastes: (1) human knowledge, reasoning, or philosophy, and (2) the wisdom that comes from God. In these verses Solomon is talking about human knowledge. When human knowledge ignores God, it only highlights our problems because it can’t provide answers without God’s eternal perspective and solution.

Are you grasping this information… today too often, especially in our youth (or should I dare to say… even in adults – it’s in everyone – creeping into my own characteristics from time to time), we are not being the person He wants us to be. Here we learn that even with everything, even all the wisdom, it means nothing with without God giving us the discernment & us choosing – YES CHOOSING – to do what it is that He Wills for us to do. Too often we walk around thinking to be in the world, it’s okay to live as the world; but we as Christians – His Disciples – need to take a stand and be different for Him. Are you ready to pay the price?

typo corrected... please forgive

Ch. 1-6 Share:

  • Everything is meaningless
  • Wisdom is meaningless
  • Pleasures are meaningless
  • Wisdom & Folly are meaningless
  • Toil is meaningless
  • Oppression, Toil, & Friendlessness are meaningless
  • Advancement is meaningless
  • Riches are meaningless

We need to remember as Ch. 3 shares… there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

  • a time to be born and a time to die,
  • a time to plant and a time to uproot,
  • a time to kill and a time to heal,
  • a time to tear down and a time to build,
  • a time to weep and a time to laugh,
  • a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  • a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
  • a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
  • a time to search and a time to give up,
  • a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  • a time to tear and a time to mend,
  • a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  • a time to love and a time to hate,
  • a time for war and a time for peace.

Are we taking the time needed … not living in the meaninglessness of the moment?

Until next time, God Bless, HL

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