The One Year Devo

September 4

Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18; 2 Corinthians 7:8-16; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 22:17-19

 As we have seen the last couple days, Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes challenges us to look at life in ways that we normally wouldn't. One of the ways he does this is by challenging us to view life through the lens of death. Since we are all going to die (unless Christ returns first) we should allow our mortality to affect our behavior.

Reflecting on our death may seem morbid, especially in a culture that tries to hide death away, but Solomon says it is actually wisdom.

As we reflect on death it helps to shape our values and gives us a clear understanding of what matters. Are we living in light of what will matter one minute after our death or just living in light of this moment? Hopefully as we continue through Solomon's wisdom over the next few days it will challenge and convict us about ways that we are not fully living in light of death, and beyond that, eternity.

Question of day: How would reflecting on your mortality change the way you live?

Our Father, I confess that I so often give my time, energy and passion to things which really don't matter. I live for fleeting pleasures rather than the reality of eternity. Reshape my heart to love the things you love and live for things which are meaningful, rather than meaningless. Amen.

Derek Newbery

Posted by Sarah Naples at 03:00