• Not in Our Hands

    Ecclesiastes 9:11–12

    The point of Ecclesiastes 9:11–12 is not to dissuade us from planning or to make us cynical about what we can do to live successfully; rather, the Preacher’s aim is to keep us humble and to remind us of our ...Read More

  • Working While We Can

    Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Labor was instituted before the fall and was part of the order that God called “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Thus, we have good reason to believe that work will be a part of the age to come in some form. ...Read More

  • The Good Fruit of Righteous Speech

    Proverbs 12:13–14

    If we will have to give an account for every careless word that we speak (Matt. 12:36), how much more will we have to answer for slanderous and evil speech? Knowing that our speech reveals our hearts should encourage us ...Read More

  • Embracing Our Finitude

    Ecclesiastes 8:16–17

    Scripture does not say it is impossible for us to know anything. Instead, the emphasis is on pursuing knowledge within the boundaries of God’s revelation. Special revelation—sacred Scripture—must guide even our study of “non- religious” matters such as science, philosophy, ...Read More

  • A Lamp to Our Feet

    Psalm 119:105–112

    By the Spirit’s work in our hearts, we should regularly renew our commitment to remain faithful to our Creator. As we seek to understand the Lord’s ways as they are revealed in His Word, He will grant us comprehension as ...Read More

  • The Things People Say

    Ecclesiastes 7:21–22

    Harsh words spoken against us are hard to bear, but as we have seen in Ecclesiastes 7:21–22, we have to develop discernment regarding when to take these words seriously and when we should ignore them. We should also keep in ...Read More

  • Envying Evil Men

    Proverbs 24:1–2

    Seeing the wicked succeed can be discouraging, especially when we are suffering for the sake of righteousness. Yet what we should never do, today’s passage tells us, is envy the wicked and their success. The success of the wicked is ...Read More

  • The Sorrow That Attends Knowledge

    Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

    Coming to understand the limitations of our knowledge and wisdom can be deeply sorrowing. At the same time, however, there are senses in which it can be liberating. First, knowing the limits of our own understanding forces us to flee ...Read More

  • Heeding Godly Authorities

    Proverbs 1:8-9

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those are truly valuable, and shall be valued, who value themselves more by their virtue and piety than by their worldly wealth and dignity.” A life of wisdom gained by heeding the godly instruction ...Read More

  • Vanity of Vanities

    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

    As Christians, we know that the life to which Ecclesiastes points, that which is beyond life “under the sun” in this present world, is life in the presence of God Himself. Ultimately, we can find meaning in life only in ...Read More