Faith Musings….Ecclesiastes and structuring chaos…
Fister and I started the blog on the premise that strategy was about putting some structure to chaos – finding patterns where others see disorder (or finding ponies where others see only poop). That said, both of us recognize that putting order to the world around us is a fleeting temporary effort
I’m not being depressing, just paraphrasing Genesis 3. For more – keep reading
It’s really odd to be at a point where Ecclesiastes makes sense without being morbidly depressing. I’m still getting my head around parts of a Matt Chandler book “the explicit gospel” where it points out how many heroes in the hall of Faith were not fruitful. They were just faithful. Think about it – they were NOT Joyce Meyers or Joel Osteen in their day.
It makes the Ecclesiastes charge make more sense
“…go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart….enjoy life with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life ” (Ecc 9:7, 9)
Somehow, those “lack of fruitfulness” folks made it into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11). For those less familiar: The hall of Faith is a lot like the hall of fame except that its members are a lot more likely to experience untimely, often gory, death in addition to bankruptcy within 5 yrs of accepting the draft.
When I was young I thought Elijah was awesome – taking on 700 prophets of Baal and winning. Now I realize, it was way more cool to read about Elijah than it was to actually BE him. He was hoping to bring Israel back to God & for swift justice to an incompetent king & pagan queen.
Elijah got a chariot ride off the planet instead.
God’s economy is a mystery – and potentially a mockery of that which we humans hold dear…
- Mary Magdalene – a common prostitute in a remote city of a backwater province – now a “household name” 2000+ years later, & only history buffs know the name of the guy ruling the most powerful nation state on the planet at the same time.
- Moses: black sheep, exiled, adopted son of the Pharoh’s sister, when called to a great ministry said “send someone else, I never went to Toastmasters“. Historians still debate the right name of the Pharoh who sent his “horse and riders into the sea” after Moses
I wish I could figure out just the measurements – the evidence – of whether I’m 10 degrees off true north, or heading south & don’t have a clue I’m off whack. I don’t need to get the plan, the entire story, the point. Just give me a compass, a horizon & I’ll be cool on the adventure.
According to scripture, success, prestige, position is clearly NOT the right measure. Circumstances are not the right measure.
“..then I saw all the work of God, that ‘man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out” (Ecc 8:17)
Instead of Ecclesiastes being like an MC Echer staircase that I ignore because it makes my head hurt, intuitively I get it now.