Monday, July 06, 2009
Light is Sweet
6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 11:6-8, English Standard Version
Light is Sweet
I have always loved reading through the book of Ecclesiastes. Written by King Solomon, it is a summary of his search for the meaning of life. In his quest to own and try everything, he concluded that all of life is vanity, or emptiness. Yet, the book is not full of gloom and doom; in verse 7, shown above, he tells us that light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
I believe he is implying a double meaning, as shown by verse 8. We are encouraged to rejoice in all of the years he is given, but also to remember that many of those days will be days of darkness.
Why, as Christians, are we surprised when trials and troubles come upon us? Many places in Scripture give examples of great servants of the Lord who wrestled through many dark days. In the New Testament we are reminded again and again that many days of trials and sorrow will envelope us.
What are we to do? We must remember that light is sweet! In Christ dwells every good thing! As we center our eyes upon the sweet light of the Lord Jesus Christ, even the dark days will be light.
Life is empty without Christ. Only in Him do we find purpose and meaning for our lives. Solomon concludes Ecclesiastes with these words.
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
What a great life verse that would be! Go this day, and remember, light is sweet!
God Bless You,