Ecclesiastes 11* Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare fordeath, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely,though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excusenot thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thouhast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We havereason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdomto do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, ifwe do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessingto that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever weare, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to doit. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, andfancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through withour work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands,designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word,whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to providefor us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary inwell-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap,#Ga 6:9|. 7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portionin this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time ofpreparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a cautionto think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makesan effecting address to young persons. They would desireopportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires,but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How manygive loose to every appetite, and rush into every viciouspleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughtsand desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they wouldavoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort ona dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, letthem remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomonmeans to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object isto draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is notthe language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he canno longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle ofmercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the youngfrom trying a course whence so few return. If the young wouldlive a life of true happiness, if they would secure happinesshereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of theiryouth.
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