Monday, September 27, 2010

A Bird of the Air

19 A feast is made for laughter,
And wine makes merry;
But money answers everything.
20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;
For a bird of the air may carry your voice,
And a bird in flight may tell the matter.
(Ecclesiastes 10:19-20, New King James Version)

A Bird of the Air

Solomon is certainly expressing a common thought, not only of his day, but ours as well when he said, money answers everything. But, does it? Money is certainly helpful, but it does nothing for our spiritual soul. Yes, money is a helpful tool, but we must be careful that our love of money and the things it can buy does not rule our hearts and lives.

Ecclesiastes 10 ends with some very practical advice.

Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;
For a bird of the air may carry your voice,
And a bird in flight may tell the matter.

How can we avoid our words spreading to the wrong people? Do not speak curses or ill words against another; words not spoken cannot be spread.

Of course this advice is appropriate in all areas of our lives; things hidden can easily come to the knowledge of all. As Christians, the real answer lies in the motives of our hearts. If, in our heart of hearts, we desire to please the Lord Jesus Christ above all, then we do not need to be concerned about the attitudes of others.

Does it take a bird of the air to tell God what we are thinking or saying? Of course not; God knows the hidden thoughts and intents of our hearts.

Let us pray for the grace of God to live lives with pure thoughts and pure hearts devoted to this wondrous God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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