Ecclesiastes 7


The Message

The writer of Ecclesiastes continues on the point of wisdom in Chapter 7. Verses 1-6 say that we gain wisdom from going through tough times, and we learn nothing if all we seek in life is fun and games. 

From verse 8-9 we read that being patient and getting through things, no matter how challenging, will benefit us in the end. Like verse 10, which says to avoid saying things like “why can’t things be like they always were when I was younger?” From this I gather that things need to and will continue to change, and we need to keep moving forward rather than lamenting about why things need to change at all. 

Wisdom is good and has great benefits just like money. 

In this chapter, I think my favorite part of this passage comes from verse 15-22. People who are righteous can die young and people who live vastly evil lives can live long lives. In verse 18 is says “It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.” Or as it is translated in The Message, “So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it. But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly?” I could be wrong, but I interpret this as it is important to avoid living a completely wreckless life, but at the same time, it is also important to not be at the other extreme and behave outwardly as if you commit no sin either. This might ruffle the feathers of the Puritans, that even they are imperfect and live sinful lives. Living at either extreme does no one any good. 

Finally, from the last seven verses, there are many things in this world that can lead us astray. Although God made all creation, including humans, perfectly in His image, we still make mistakes and fall short. It is part of our human nature. Again, from The Message translation, it says “God made men and women true and upright; we’re the ones who’ve made a mess of things.” To truer words have been spoken or written. 

So, to sum it all up, continue to see wisdom in your life. Wisdom of the world will get you as far as seeking the wisdom of God through the study of and meditation on the scriptures. But with that being said, we can’t go around holding our heads up too high just because we do seek Godly knowledge, because in the end we all are still human and still need God’s grace and mercy.