those whose time is up

DO NOT FLIRT WITH DEATH

February 2016 (1)Ecclesiastes 8:7-9

7 Because he does not know what is yet to come, who can tell him how it will be? 8 No one rules over his own breath, nor rules over the day of death. There is no discharge from that war, not even wickedness can deliver those whose time is up. 9 All this I realised while thinking about all that is done under the sun, when someone had power over another to his detriment.

those whose time is up

Some think of Ecclesiastes as a justification for throwing away all self-control, and just enjoying life regardless of the consequences. That is a misreading of Solomon. He advocates caution and self-control here. His advice is to enjoy life all you can, but remember that there are a number of things not under your control. Your death and destiny are in someone else’s hands. So do not flirt with death, because wickedness will not save you when your time is up.

LORD, give us the wisdom to make proper decisions which honour you, and to respect the limits that are on our lives.

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