Wednesday, September 08, 2010

In the Grave

5 For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.
7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works.
8 Let your garments always be white,
And let your head lack no oil.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
(Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, New King James Version)

In the Grave

What does Solomon mean by this statement from Ecclesiastes 9:10?

For there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

We know that there is life after death. Is Solomon contradicting this? To answer this, we must look at this from the perspective Solomon is using in this passage. Solomon is not speaking of our spirit, but rather our body. In other words, what we do in our body in this life cannot be changed once our body is in the grave.

While we are alive, we know that death is coming, however after death, whatever we have done in this life will soon be forgotten.

Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.

The question inferred by this statement is, why would we just live for the things of this world? As believers, we understand the truth in these statements. Yet, often we seem to be pursuing the same values as those of the world. This should not be!

Believers should be the happiest people on earth. Living with an eternal perspective and understanding the grace of God should take us beyond the meaningless things of this world. Thus, Solomon instructs us to live joyfully, being content with the things of pleasure God has given to us in this world.

It is a good reminder, is it not? Often, we, as Christians, are so caught up in the world that our lives are miserable, but we are not yet in the grave! Let us, by the grace of God, take some time to think upon the good things that God has granted to us in this life in this beautiful world He has created for us.

God Bless You,
Linda

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