MONOPOLY DEVOTION; ECCLESIASTES 5

Monopoly: A Game of Time of Chance

A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfil it…”

In Chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon kicks off by reminding us to be serious with God (verse 1-7). He talks about not being quick to “…utter anything before God,” and letting our “…words be few…” before Him (verse 2). He paints this picture of a very serious God and then finishes with the words, “Therefore fear God,” (verse 7). It is important to remember that Solomon is far from God at this moment (1st Kings 11:4) and that his view of God is of one who is far away from Him.

We must read these verses while remembering what we have learned about God in other parts of the Bible: God says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things which you did not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3). The writer in Hebrews tells us that because of Christ’s sacrifice we can, “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).

Let not Solomon’s words create such a fear of God in us that we are afraid of approaching him with anything at all. He has done everything He can to make Himself approachable to us (Ephesians 2:13).

However, Solomon does raise a valid point though;

TAKE GOD SERIOUSLY

God is holy (Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 43:15). He lives in unapproachable light (1st Timothy 6:15-16). There is no one like Him (1st Chronicles 17:20, Jeremiah 10:6-7). He deserves respect and honor. Take God seriously is Solomon’s word to our generation; a generation that seems to have a “…form of godliness but denying its power,” (2nd Timothy 3:5). We know about God, we know a few of the things of God, yet all of this does not make us respond to God as we should, much less give Him the respect he deserves.

It is interesting that someone who was at their furthest from God, and was deep in depression, still found it important to take God seriously. Based on that, we must ask ourselves a few questions:

  1. Do we take God seriously? What actions are there to show that we do or don’t?
  2. Have we made any promises to God that we aren’t keeping? If there are, what are we going to do about them going forward from today?
  3. Do we worship God the way he wants us to worship him (John 4:24)?
  4. Do we acknowledge God in everything we do as the Most High and the Sovereign leader of our lives (Proverbs 3:6)?

There might be some of you out there saying, “I don’t even know God. How then can I start to respect or even worship Him as He desires?” The truth is you do know at least something about God; start there. Better yet, read the Bible, it is an introduction to who God is through the stories of how he worked in the lives and circumstances of different people. Better still, fill out this form to get someone who can help you know God and take Him seriously. We would love to help you do that.

In this year of Divine Appointments, I believe God is convicting us to take Him more seriously. I know that this always has good returns. The Bible says, “The people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits,” (Daniel 11:32KJV). It’s about that time. Let’s take God seriously.

Grace and peace fam.

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