Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4
In this passage, the writer of Ecclesiastes is saying, “I saw people who were extremely capable at their jobs, but they didn’t accomplish anything the way they wanted to, because it was not within their power. Their hostile neighbors hindered their efforts.”
It’s biblical and comforting to know that we shouldn’t worry about all the problems in the world. Human concerns and trouble are everywhere. When I was a new preacher, I tried to solve everyone’s problems. But people rightfully told me, “You’re too inexperienced to reform rascals.” The same advice could be given in any job situation. Every occupation has its own problems. Therefore, you should live in the present, enjoy what you have, and just let all the evil flow past you. This is how to defy the world.
In short, if you want to live peacefully, remember that much of what happens in this world will seem meaningless. Don’t be sad when something bad happens in your life. Instead, enjoy the blessings you still have. If you have been officially given the responsibility for making something better, then do what you can and leave the rest up to God. But if you want to voluntarily take on more responsibility, trying to straighten out everything that is crooked, cure every evil, and throw the devil out of this world, then you’ll only cause yourself a lot of pain and sorrow. It’s like trying to stop the flow of a swift river. You can’t control what people do in this world. Rather, the one who created all things is the one who controls them.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-centuryEurope. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.