9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
(Ecclesiastes 12:9-12, New King James Version)
Words of Truth!
The stage set by the earlier section of Ecclesiastes 12 creates a discouraging or somber tone, yet that is not the message that should be gained from reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Did Solomon end his ministry on this discouraging note? No! Look at verse 9.
And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.
Who are the Solomons of this day? Have you ever thought that it might be you? We are to look to our pastors and Christian leaders for help and encouragement in studying God's Word and in declaring that Word to those in our own corner of the world. In the end, however, each of us is an open "Bible" to those with whom we come in contact each day.
In our daily lives, do we seek to find acceptable words: words of truth? Do we even think about our conversations with other people in such a way? Often, I am afraid that we Christians are so busy trying to "fit in" with the world, that we forget that we have each been called by God to represent Him to a wicked and sinful generation.
You do not have to be a Biblical scholar to express words of truth. Yes, we should all be busy reading and studying God's Word, but often a simple word of encouragement will have a great impact on both believers and non-believers alike.
As you know, I have taken a short vacation from writing devotions. My world had simply become overcome by discouraging times. Each day I have prayed for strength to continue writing, but the words did not seem to come. If you will look at the comments under the entry entitled, "Vacation," you will note that I received two very encouraging notes. I want to thank you for writing to me; God used your words to encourage me and help me to continue writing.
Words of Truth! In Proverbs, Solomon calls them "Apples of Gold, in Pictures of Silver." (KJV)
May God bless us and continue to use us to spread His Word to a lost and dying generation.
God Bless You,
PS Thank you, again, "g" and "anonymous" for writing.