June 13

Ecclesiastes 5-8, Psalm 9

God wants our hearts not our empty practices of traditions and rituals. It’s easy to take for granted the freedom we have to worship Him. Many of us are first generation believers. There was a moment that we realized that what we were doing religiously lacked any sense of reality, we went through the motions. Then something opened our eyes and we experienced Him, and felt the presence of His Holy Spirit and nothing seemed the same any longer. But this walk of ours is a marathon, not a sprint. In Proverbs 26:11, we read, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.” It’s easy for any of us to catch fire, change our church, and then fall back into religiosity again. In Ecclesiastes 5:1, Solomon warns, “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.”

We need to keep a freshness, a realness, an authenticity in our walk. When we approach the Word, church, worship, fellowship, evangelism, it must always be approached with fear and trembling as we wait upon God. If we approach any of these activities as routine we miss the power in them. As we continue reading in Ecclesiastes, even good things can become empty or vanity if devoid of heart. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, ” If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

An interesting point made by Jon Courson in his commentary is, “There are two books that constantly lead people into false doctrine: the Book of Job and the Book of Ecclesiastes. But these are the two books that should have an asterisk beside them because while they are inspired and convey accurately Job’s struggle to make sense of pain and Solomon’s struggle to make sense of life, all of their thoughts are not necessarily doctrinally accurate.” We can’t forget that Solomon was in a backslidden state when he wrote this. Because of this cultists love to quote these 2 books out of their proper context. Remember God’s words to Job before answering him, “Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato