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Reading in Low Light

DSC02546 The book of Ecclesiastes, like the books of Job and Psalms show how easily we confuse our own understanding with our thoughts of God.

How else can we read “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless…” (Ecc 1:2 NLT), followed soon by, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal… What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (3:1-3, 9-11 NLT).

Like Job in his losses, Job’s friends in their well-intentioned counsel, David in his times of suffering, and all who are trying to see in low light, the words of Ecclesiastes show what happens when, in the burden, confusion, and limitations of human perspective, we get a hint of something far better.

1Cor 13:12


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218 Responses to “Reading in Low Light”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning, yes we certainly can sound pretty foolish trying to sound as if we know something yet clearly seen or completely understood.

    Feeding the critters as I do I have come to understand some of the chatter I hear from them, but I would never lay claim that I speak *critter*. For me sometimes it is still just *chatter*.

    Psalms 46:10 KJV “Be still, and know that I am God:”

    Good advice.

    42 degrees with light drizzle.


  • foreverblessed says:

    The bible is the Word of God, but these verses you cite Mart, I have always believed that this is a man speaking, a very very depressed man! A man who had everything in the world that a man could desire, and yet so lost! But he keeps on writing, and he is not so down anymore. It sometimes reminds me people who start talking to me, who are so down, and I am left with sll that negativity, and the person leaves relieved, but doesn’ t tell me so.
    Thanks for the Psalm, God wins in the end!