Better is the end of a thing than its beginning;
better is a patient spirit than a lofty one.
Do not let anger upset your spirit,
for anger lodges in the bosom of a fool. Ecclesiastes 7: 8-9
It is too easy to live in waiting for the next best thing. Whether it be marriage, children, or missions, our flesh has an uncanny way of keeping our eyes off the present.
Verse 8 almost seems to give us an out to continue seeking, but as Christians, we know the end Solomon writes of is not a happy ending found here on earth. Our generation, and, no doubt, our children’s generation is one of instant gratification.
When we aren’t immediately satisfied, something must be wrong as patience appears to be a long-lost art. A common response to waiting is a buildup of anger, and I am right on top of the guilty list. A way of preventing foolish behavior is found in the verses below,
Consider the work of God. Who can make straight what God has made crooked? On a good day enjoy good things, and on an evil day consider: Both the one and the other God has made, so that no one may find the least fault with him. Ecclesiastes 7:13-14
In addition to the word consider, another “C” word comes to mind:Confession.
Both anger and impatience can lead to a host of other sins, but thankfully, we have the ultimate resource to wipe our slate clean: confession.
I will also note that verses 27-29 can be difficult to swallow for the independent woman. However, it is not meant to offend as these ‘warnings’ are commonly used against women but teachings against adulterous women are extremely common in the Bible Proverbs 2:16-19.
Reflect: When was the last time you went to confession? Have you been plagued with an instant gratification attitude lately?
Act: Go to confession this week!