Allo! We are still studying Ecclesiastes for February 2012. This week’s lesson (February 13, 2012), Let the Anointing Fall on Your Wisdom, is centered around Ecclesiastes chapters 2 & 9 which teaches us to allow God in our “mix” to grant us fulfillment and meaning in our pursuit of passion and labor. Our key verses for this week are Ecc. 2:9, 11, 13, 17-21 and Ecc. 9:3, 8.
In chapter 2, King Solomon begins to talk about his accomplishments and the fruit of his labor. In verse 9, he talks about his wealth, wisdom and overflow. But in verse 11 he gets a bit agitated, asking Well, what’s the point of these accomplishments? Why are we utilizing our wisdom in such a labor-intensive way after which we have no profit? Moving to verse 13, he begins to understand the significance and benefit of wisdom – there is an excellence to having wisdom!
Remember our definition of “vanity/vanity of vanities?” So what benefit is wisdom over folly since both lifestyles result in death at the end – the Wise Man vs the Fool? Let’s take a look at verses 17-19. He, in essence, begins to take a hateful attitude toward life because his work from a human and finite perspective was grievous and meaningless once his life came to an end – and perhaps just as meaningless as the fool’s, who dieth also. His dilemma as a wise man with a well-established kingdom and having utilized his wisdom and labor to build a dynamic kingdom of greatness was the fear of having to leave it unto men after his death – perhaps not knowing if that person (or those persons) thereafter would have a wise lifestyle and care for it as he. Verse 19 is where we have to replace our thoughts with a God Perspective. Notice in verses 21 & 22 that his heart begins to be in turmoil over leaving the fruit of his labor to someone after him! Have you ever left a job, gotten laid off, or went through a transitional period where you thought YOU made the company and that department or need wouldn’t survive without you? Ha! Me too! We forget why we’ve been placed here in the first place! Funny how we think we made something come alive while forgetting that God gave us the wisdom and the opportunity to make something amazing.
Ecclesiastes is by far my favorite book in the Bible (besides Psalm & Proverbs), and I have read it over and over again. As you begin reading Ecclesiastes, it sort of sounds like King Solomon is complaining or maybe even being a bit selfish in his own wisdom. King Solomon was very wise and very successful. His desire to obtain the answers from God stirred up a few things. And he began to utilize his God-given wisdom to reveal a spiritual truth:
Without God in the mix, there is no fulfillment or enjoyment of our labor and the fruits thereof.
Ultimately, the truly meaningless portion of our labor and our pursuit of knowledge is the fact that God is not in it, and we will never be satisfied with our labor or the fruits thereof without incorporating God.
Let’s move to chapter 9:3 & 8. He notes that the heart of man is full of evil and that madness is set in our heart. Let’s hone in on the depth of the word “madness.”
- madness (noun) \madnəs\ – The state of being mentally ill, especially severely; extremely foolish behavior; insanity, lunacy, frenzy, craziness, rage, fury; the quality or condition of being insane.
What does this tell us? We REALLY need God in our mix; evil and madness is in our hearts, and it is a part of our sinful nature as man. So how do we overcome this tendency of madness and an evil, sinful nature? Verse 8 tells us plainly:
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
Meaning we have to intentfully practice goodness – the goodness of God, that is – and stay under the anointing of Him. We must stay under the anointing of God, so if we even begin to have thoughts of doing it alone/on our own and living in a maddened state of mind, these thoughts will immediately be put back into place – subject to God’s Word and our obedience to Him. How do we stay under the anointing? Seek Him, call Him, and when we feel like we are to weak as human vessels, then request God’s strength to keep you us in check.
Finally, verse 11 puts it so plainly – “…but time and chance happeneth to them all.” No matter what your position or purpose in life, we all have a choice to live under a “God wisdom” of fruitfulness and happiness or our own wisdom, in which the end result is meaningless, worthless, and futile.
The Final Thought
We have an option to choose our position of the Wise Man or the Fool. We also have a choice to let the anointing fall on our wisdom so that our labor pleases God; therefore, He will grant us true happiness in our works.
What is your choice? How will you use your wisdom?