Thought for the Week - 22nd MarchPastor Gareth Watkins
Ecclesiastes 1: 8
‘All things are wearisome;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear content with hearing.’
This was written by Solomon who knew the emptiness of life. Solomon was an extremely rich man and a popular king, yet during this time, to him, everything was wearisome, tiring and full of labour.
‘The eye is not satisfied and the ear is not content’… In other words, nothing seemed good. In this time, in our own society, it may be that as we listen to the news and look at the world around us, nothing seems good. People are fearful for their lives, there are many out of work, many in isolation and facing difficulties ahead. These problems are not of our own making and will try to destroy us, not only through what happens around us, but also from within. We must remember that God is in control and not allow our eyes to be unsatisfied, or let our ears be discontent, nor must we allow ourselves to become consumed by fear.
Thomas à Kempis, a priest born in 1830 says this about the worldly things many of us lean on: “By winning control over our passions, and by winning conceit over our complacency, we may enter into a way of purifying ourselves.’’ (Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ)
We must seek to be reliant on Christ in these destructive days. In Him we can rise above these problems, above the fear that threatens to engulf us, above the horrors before our eyes and walk in His light as has been promised to us.
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8: 12)
Are you walking in darkness? Press into Christ today, deepen your relationship with Him and step out of the darkness and into His light.