Grace for Your Day October 4

In his Commentary on Ecclesiastes, David Gibson writes:
"There is one undivided God – “the Lord our God, the Lord is one” – and because God is like that, then he must be approached and worshiped by an undivided person: all your heart, all your soul, all your strength. In other words, all of you. Every single bit because God is not pulled in different directions so neither should we be in our worship of Him . . . So what can we do? In chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes, we are given a profound and wise piece of advice: listen. In this, the Preacher joins Moses in Deuteronomy and the Lord Jesus himself in the New Testament in saying that the orientation to perfect wholeness as an undivided worshiper starts here . . . If you are despairing about life, then use your ears . . . Read the Bible and, as you read it, God is speaking. So listen."

This is a good reminder because we all find it difficult to worship God from time-to-time. It is not easy to think deep thoughts about Him and meditate on His goodness because we are pulled in so many directions yet the Lord gives us a simple solution to that. He just wants us to listen. He wants us to heed the instructions of Ecclesiastes 5:2 when it says, “For God is in Heaven and you are on the earth; therefore, let your words be few.”
God knows more than we do. He can see things from an eternal perspective and He understands them with an infinite mind. There is no problem that He cannot solve and no issue that He cannot fix, therefore, we need to listen to Him more than we speak. Our words need to be few and our attention span needs to be heightened when we come into the house of God which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday, we are going to continue our studies in the Book of Ecclesiastes with a sermon entitled “Listen Before You Speak.” This is an important subject because many books have been written on the subject of worship recently. It is a topic of much conversation but very little of it revolves around the issue of listening to the Bible. People talk about listening to their feelings. They talk about listening to the inner voice within. Some even talk about listening to an audible voice from Heaven but they do not mention paying attention to God’s Word. However, that is exactly what we are called to do because anything else is vanity in the eyes of God (1:1-2). It is just a striving after wind (1:14).

Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.” In other words, dreams and voices are not the way to worship God. You need to find something greater. You need to open up the Scripture and see what it says. Please join us as talk about that this Sunday morning. – Jeremy Cagle