Solomon is believed to be the author of this book and toward the end of his life when he was apart from God. He was experimenting with idolatry and materialism. Chapter 11 is the shortest chapter in Ecclesiastes and tells us to do anything we want but remember that we must give an account to God for all we do (11:9). We cannot move in and out of our relationship with God. WE must stay on His path for us. Solomon says all of life is meaningless.
When we give gifts, give to as many as you can because you may never know the risks ahead (verse 2). Be intentional about doing something God has directed you to do without hesitation (verse 4). Try a variety of things because you may never know what will work (verses 6). Wait and you may never see the results.
My favorite word is intentional. We must be willing to do what we say we will do and also do want God wants. May ideas lose their focus once we decide to wait for the perfect conditions (verse 4). I thought about writing a second devotional but put that off. This is my second book and seeing what the future will bring. During this week, reread verse 4 and consider an area God is moving you to take action, be specifically intentional and moving you out of your comfort zone. Patti and I stepped out from our comfort zone back in January. We started a Parkinson’s Support Group and started a new and different group at our church. All groups are doing the same with a lot of information on seeking and following God. This book with five devotions/ readings per week is called “Rooted”. Also, I am considering retiring from substitute teaching the end of this school year and trust God will provide. Remember, God will want us to be accountable for all we do or don’t do.