Prone to Wander

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 6 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite. (v. 9) The adage “all truth is God’s truth” is credited to St. Augustine, and in that spirit I have kept a slip of paper from inside a fortune cookie because on the day I read it, I felt like it was a powerful …

The Wisdom of Silence

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 5 Let your words be few. (v. 2) When Qoheleth wrote this exhortation a couple millennia ago, he had no idea what was coming. In a 2013 ScienceDaily.com article, research organization SINTEF estimates that 90 percent of the world’s data had been generated in the previous two years. Others note that currently more than one billion people log …

The Exponential Power of Two

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-16 Two are better than one. (v. 9) I mentioned earlier that Israel had three major traditions: priests governed worship, prophets spoke the word, and the wise man spoke of the ways of God in everyday life. In modern parlance, prophets and priests get Sunday, but the wise deal with the practical day-to-day realities of Monday through Saturday. …

The Garbage Collector

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:8 All are from the dust, and to dust all return. (3:20) Christianity has been perverted by something called “the prosperity gospel.” The perversion comes from mistaking the God who provides for all for our needs with a God who will give us whatever we want. Prosperity preachers are popular—who doesn’t like hearing that God wants to make …

Take Pleasure

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. (v. 13) These well-known verses are the flip-side of Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. Qoheleth switches from prose to poetry, and also steps away from taking the role of Solomon, to show that God, not us, is in charge and orders the timing …