How's Your View?
|Ecclesiastes 3 (NKJV™)|
|12||I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,|
|13||and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--it is the gift of God.|
|14||I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.|
|15||That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.|
|16||Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there.|
|17||I said in my heart, "God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."|
|18||I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals."|
|19||For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.|
|20||All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.|
|21||Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?|
|22||So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Solomon was a torn and conflicted individual. He spouted a cynical glumness as he observed life, then he would lapse moments of optimistic spirituality in his journal. Perhaps that's nowhere better seen than in these paragraphs. Within the span of a few verses his divergent viewpoints can be seen. What Solomon faced is what we all face how to maintain a spiritual outlook while living in a skeptical world!