Scripture for Today: Ecclesiastes 8:12 “Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before Him.”
We recently celebrated the Chinese New Year with my Chinese Mother-in-Law and menu choices were very important to her! To insure that the coming year would be positive, fish was ordered to symbolize abundance. Chicken had to be part of the meal as it represents prosperity and the noodles were a must as they stood for long life. The longer the noodle perhaps the longer the life! All I know is that there is no graceful way to eat those noodles!
Today’s verse contains the words of Solomon, a king to whom was given great wisdom. He notes that a wicked person may live a long time, but somehow there will always be something lacking. Those who fear the Lord have His promise that their lives will be better for it. Fear and reverence for our Maker gives us a quality of life that makes it worth living!
Long life is found in the right hand of Wisdom (Prov. 3:16). And wisdom is exemplified by our fear and obedience to God (Ps. 111:10). One command in particular comes with a promise of life going well and being long; honoring your Father and Mother! (Eph. 6:2-3) Sin and rebellion complicate life and have the potential to shorten it. But the goal is not so much long life, as a life that is well lived and better! How gracious the Lord is to promise me a better life when I fear and obey Him!
Lord, regardless of the length of my life, I praise You for making it a better one! Keep me faithful to obey You today.