Wisdom or folly to discern on a Monday Morning about the news?
Reading the Chicago Tribune news this morning is not for the most part something to be joyous about.
Bad news reports beginning with Teachers remain remote, COVID-19 surging straining ice and hospitals, Nursing homes waiting for vaccine, sexual abuse allegations, Senate cooling to impeach Trump, Political left and right violence threating, fair share property taxes increase over 2000 percent in 20 years in Chicago, etc.,
Supposedly State releasing marijuana taxes is good news to help communities suffering the most from drug addiction, makes me wonder if there will ever be enough tax money from Mariana sales to balance the number of people who will become addicted.
Add that a major snowstorm is being forecast for Chicago on Monday.1
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate and ancient wisdom verse to compare and consider the belief and advice Solomon observed to consider in our contemporary times.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after hi m(Ecclesdiastes 7:14).
In the day of prosperity be joyful, Or, “in a good day” (q). When things go well in the commonwealth, in a man’s family, and with himself, health, peace, and plenty, are enjoyed, a man’s circumstances are thriving and flourishing; it becomes him to be thankful to God, freely and cheerfully to enjoy what is bestowed on him, and do good with it: or, “be in good” (r); in good heart, in good spirits, cheerful and lively; or, “enjoy good”, as the Vulgate Latin version; for what God gives to men is given them richly to enjoy, to make use of themselves, and be beneficial unto others; so the Targum,
“in the day the Lord does well to thee be thou also in goodness, and do good to all the world;”
“when it is in thine hand to do good, be among those that do good;”
but in the day of adversity consider; or, “in the day of evil” (s); consider from whence affliction comes; not out of the dust, nor by chance, but from God, and by his wise appointment; and for what it comes, that sin is the cause of it, and what that is; and also for what ends it is sent, to bring to a sense of sin, and confession of it, and humiliation for it; to take it away, and make good men more partakers of holiness: or, “look for the day of adversity” (t); even in the day of prosperity it should be expected; for there is no firmness and stability in any state; there are continual vicissitudes and changes. The Targum is,
“that the evil day may not come upon thee, see and behold;”
be careful and circumspect, and behave in a wise manner, that so it may be prevented. Jar chi’s note is,
“when evil comes upon the wicked, be among those that see, and not among those that are seen;”
and compares it with Isaiah 66:24; It may be observed, that there is a set time for each of these, prosperity and adversity; and that the time is short, and therefore called a day; and the one is good, and the other is evil; which characters they have according to the outward appearance, and according to the judgment and esteem of men; otherwise, prosperity is oftentimes hurtful, and destroys fools, and adversity is useful to the souls of good men;
God also hath set the one over against the other; they are both by his appointment, and are set in their proper place, and come in their proper time; succeed each other, and answer to one another, as day and night, summer and winter, and work, together for the good of men;
to the end that man should find nothing after him; should not be able to know what will be hereafter; what his case and circumstances will be, whether prosperous or adverse; since things are so uncertain, and so subject to change, and nothing permanent; and therefore can find nothing to trust in and depend upon, nothing that he can be sure of: and things are so wisely managed and disposed, that a man can find no fault with them, nor just reason to complain of them; so the Vulgate Latin version, “not find just complaints against him”; and to the same purpose the Syriac version, “that he may complain of him”; the Targum is,
“not find any evil in this world.”
What’s My Point?
If you discern f all of the bad news items listed in the Chicago news reports today, does it make us wonder if the observation of King Solomon 3000 years ago gives us a clue to why our Nation news is filled with reports of more bad news than good because of the reasons I highlighted.
The only exception would but that the snowstorm is good for farmers to add nitrogen into the soil.
In My Opinion
I wonder if we need to discern if perhaps we were taught the meanings of this version in our youth and lived cringingly to the advice, that perhaps today’s news reports might be more joyous Monday morning.
Wise or foolish verse and clues to perhaps discern about the news reports and clues highlighted above.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
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