Ecclesiastes 3* The changes of human affairs. (1-10) The Divine counselsunchangeable. (11-15) The vanity of worldly power. (16-22)1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, mustend in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life,is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for thegovernment of the world will be found altogether wise, just, andgood. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for everygood purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thuslabour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we mayalways have something to do; none were sent into the world to beidle. 11-15 Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us.We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up withthoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither timenor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not onlygained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts againstthe beauty of God's works. We mistake if we think we were bornfor ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life,which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to bedoing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction withDivine Providence, is having faith that all things work togetherfor good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men shouldfear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be.There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by ittaken us, but such as is common to men. 16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set thataside, and judges will not use their power well. And there isanother Judge that stands before the door. With God there is atime for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see itnot. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive,that by choosing this world as their portion, they broughtthemselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, asthey are, from present vexations and a future account. Bothreturn to the dust from whence they were taken. What littlereason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodilyaccomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so fewconsider properly, the difference between the rational soul ofman, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goesupward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable stateof happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of thebeast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surelytheir case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishesis, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how aneternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? Toanswer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus isrevealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.
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