I was going through Ecclesiastes 7 last night and stumbled on two scriptures. I have been enjoying the CSB lately. Translations that are word for word, and, in updated language, are great. ESV and CSB are just a couple of examples.
The first verse to strike me was, “Don’t say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ since it is not wise to ask this (v. 10).” It is easy to get caught in the trap of comparing times. Some personalities are prone to “remember the good ol’ days?” attitudes. But, the Bible says it is not wise to put on that mindset.
Don’t do what I sometimes do and think “wish we were in the ‘50s again – more innocent times.” We can enjoy the now. God needs us now. There will not be time travel to go back.
The other verse in Ecclesiastes 7 that I wanted to share was, “Consider the work of God… (v. 13).” Have you ever just paused to do that? Look at a tree and stare at a leaf. Gaze your neighborhood and enjoy the silence. Pet your dog.
Jordan B. Peterson had the rule, “Pet a cat when you encounter one in the street.” “Stop and smell the roses” was an old adage. Throw some of your cares away for a brief moment and reflect on God’s masterpieces. The Bible says consider the work of God. Ponder the miracles of cells in a leaf or branches in your sky view.
Application for fathers: Take a moment in this day to stop and consider something miraculous.