TODAY’S MEDITATION – “God is in heaven and you are on earth” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)

Most believers now understand the importance of having a relationship with God. But, the way we approach the Lord during our individual or community fellowship is something that should not be taken for granted or lightly. In this passage, we learn that we need to be very careful when we enter the presence of God. My brother, my sister, the Bible says we should approach the Lord, FIRST, “to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools” (verse 1). Yet, many people go to church with a long list of prayers, with offerings thinking that will please Him, and they are the only one to talk during their prayers. They never allow the Lord to talk to them. The SECOND thing we learn here is that you should “not be quick with your mouth” (verse 2). However, we tend to dictate to God what we think He should do for us, instead of trying to know what He wants us to do to live the life He has planned for us. And the THIRD point here is “do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God”… This means, leave your long list of requests aside. How many make promises to God when in need and forget them as soon as the sun rays shine at their door? My friend, making foolish promises to the Lord makes you a fool before Him: “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow” (verse 4), because not fulfilling it, you are only destroying the works of your own hands (verse 6)… You see, many people think having a relationship with the Lord is being ‘friendly’ with him and patting his shoulders. My friend, the Word says He is in heaven and you are on earth, so before Him, “let your words be few” (verse 2) ! Are you one of those who do this: when you relate to your boss or sometimes to your pastor, you show reverence, but you relate to the Lord like your next door friend? Such an attitude is wrong, because you must fear the Lord (verse 7). Yes, when approaching the Lord, we should always be reverent, do it with an open heart and an open mind being ready to listen to Him. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.