“Dead flies putrefy a perfumer’s ointment…” A lifetime reputation for good built by honesty, honor and service to God and man can be destroyed by a single moral failure. Humility before those in authority is a virtue lacking in many people. A person’s words have a way of reaching unintended hearers. Silence will prevent one from making harsh and foolish statements that can be used against him at a later time.
“Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.” One cannot sit idly by and expect society to care for him. It is necessary to invest time and monetary resources into our own well-being and for the care of others who are unable to provide for themselves. One who has refused to help others cannot expect assistance if he becomes needy. As we have opportunity, we are to do good to all people, especially to God’s children.
The wise man admonished his readers to, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth…” It is a beautiful sight to behold God fearing young people living for Him while they are full of strength and energy. Solomon painted a picture of old age in which the vitality of youth has vanished into physical and mental weakness. Man has often asked, “Where did I come from and why am I here?” The first part of the question was answered at the beginning of this study. God created/made us. Solomon answered the second part as he closed Ecclesiastes. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Another of man’s questions is, “Where am I going?” That question is partially answered at the close. “For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” For the rest of that answer, please continue our study of God’s word.