Friday, February 20, 2009

"You Have What I Need"

(by Hawk Nelson)

"I've tried my best to hear out the masses
I've heard it all, from A to Z
I've read it all, been to all of the classes
And still I'm tryin' but I just can't see through the smoke

Chorus:
And I don't want it, this confusion
I don't want a false solution
Give me something to hold on to
I want what You have 'cause You have what I need

I know it's hard to be yourself when
You're not sure just who that is
All I wanted was satisfaction
But all I got was empty fists
Can You hear me?

Chorus

All I wanted was honesty
And that was something only You give
It took forever just to realize
That I had to give myself away
So I could see Your face and learn how to live
I can't erase Your mark
You may take every thing else away

Chorus..."

OK, so I'm about half way through the Bible study that I talked about in an earlier post. I mentioned that I don't want to be like Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1, where he's discontent with life. Honestly, I am guilty of having judged his cynicism, even though I have felt the same way before.

Fortunately, we have both come to the same conclusion: that everything IS meaningless apart from God. I have read that book of the Bible before, & I know that by the end, he seems to have come around. But what I didn't really realize until yesterday is that he wasn't being pessimistic so much as he was stating the truth all along. I have looked at it out of context & thought, "Man, where was his focus? He's so darn cynical. Why is this even in the Bible?!" But in Ecc. 2:24, he says, "So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God."

When I read that, a light bulb went off (even before the author of the Bible study pointed it out to me)! He realized that true pleasure can only com from above. Up until that point, he's basically recapping what he had been going through & how he had felt. The vain & meaningless stuff that he tried to find contentment in was what was "under the sun". I'm going to close with a quote from my study (& from Baxter's Explore the Book by J. Sidlow Baxter), because I couldn't say it better myself. A scholar by the name of G. Campbell Morgan said: Ecclesiastes is an inspired confession of failure and pessimism when God is excluded, when man lives under the sun, and forgets the larger part, which is always over the sun, the eternal and abiding things.

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