Ecclesiastes, chapters 7-12

“There is hope for whoever is among the living […]”
~Ecclesiastes 9:4

We should never give up hope on people, because even the most haughty can change for the better.
People’s circumstances change throughout their lives.
Some become more hard-hearted while others are softened as they recognize a higher power.
No one knows for certain the individual future of any other person, nor do we control our own.
“Time and unexpected events overtake them all” therefore “men cannot be certain of anything that will happen to them in the future.” (Ec. 7:14; 9:11)
Tragic events happen to everyone, whether they do good or bad things.
Blessings also happen to everyone.
In this imperfect world in which we live in, some things are only a matter of chance.
So is there any advantage to doing the right thing, even when it comes at a personal cost?
“It will turn out well for those who fear the true God, because they fear him.” (Ec. 8:12)
Those who have faith can be optimistic about their own long-term future and hopeful about that of others.

Ecclesiastes, chapters 1-6

“Do not allow your mouth to cause you to sin, and do not say before the angel that it was a mistake. Why make the true God indignant over what you say so that he has to destroy the work of your hands?”
~Ecclesiastes 5:6

Young people who resolve on a life of service to God must make considerable sacrifices to reach their goal. (1 Tim. 4:12-16)
While their friends may focus on making money or partying, they set aside time to regularly read God’s Word and keep up-to-date with Biblical study aids.
They commit to a more rigurous preaching schedule, often getting up before 6 AM to talk to early risers on the street, or conduct Bible studies after a hard day at work. (Eccl. 11:6)
They look for part time jobs and try to live within a modest budget. (Matt. 6:22,31,33)
Sometimes, they learn new languages and move to new cities that don’t have as many volunteers, leaving behind their families and childhood friends. (Matt. 24:14; 28:19,20)
They consider their volunteer ministry work to be their career and leave behind other desires that are not a priority.
As they get older, they may end up starting families or having to care for aging parents.
This might limit how much time they can dedicate to the field ministry and they may feel the burden of having a lower income upon them.
When hard times hit, God’s servants should never regret all they have sacrificed to get the kingdom message out there.
They will never know how many lives they’ve touched or how many people they’ve really helped.
It is impossible to regret doing the right thing.
A young life in God’s service should be appreciated from God’s point of view- He was given the first and best part of that person’s life. (Prov. 3:9; Eccl. 12:1)
And God promises to care for His own. (Ps. 37:25)