1 For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. 2 All things come alike to all:
One event happens to the righteous and the wicked;
To the good, the clean, and the unclean;
To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice.
As is the good, so is the sinner;
He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.
3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
(Ecclesiastes 9:1-4, New King James Version)
A Dead Lion
For a living dog is better than a dead lion.
As I read through these verses from Ecclesiastes 9, I was trying to follow the thought process of Solomon. I believe the point he is making in these verses is that all man, whether good or evil, go through the same thing. Therefore the wicked cannot blame the circumstances surrounding them for their unbelief.
We have recently observed the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the city of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. Would it be right for unbelievers to claim Katrina as their reason for not believing in the Lord, saying, "A loving God would not send such destruction."? Were there not believers as well as unbelievers living in the areas devastated by the hurricane?
If this is true, where is the hope for living? The hope for living is in those who are alive; there is no hope for the dead! Even a living dog is better than a dead lion.
I know that it is popular in Christian circles to blame all disasters on the wicked. It is true that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but do we honestly believe there were no believers - not even 10% - in the area affected by Katrina? We must be very careful as believers that we do not presume upon our own righteousness, or even rightness! God sends the sunshine and rain, the tornadoes, the hurricanes and typhoons, the earthquakes, the floods, etc., on all mankind.
It is a good time for us to ask the question, are we a living dog or a dead lion? Then, if we are a living dog, what are we doing about it? Let us face our own sins instead of railing against the sins of other, and bow before God asking for help to live a life more faithfully dedicated to Him, and a strong desire to reach those dead lions for Christ!
God Bless You,