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.

Proverbs, chapters 17-21

“The breath of a man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching through his innermost being.”

~Proverbs 20:27

God has given us life, free will and the opportunity to prove what kind of persons we are (De. 30:19).

Like the loving father that He is, he assumes the best in us and sees our potential (1 Chron. 28:9; 1 Ki. 14:13).

There is nothing we can hide from him, and he can dissect even our subconscious thoughts and motivations
(Heb. 4:13).
When we pray about the decisions we take and consider his guiding principles found in the Scriptures, we invite him into our life.

Then we can fully reflect the light he is trying to shine through us (2 Cor. 3:18).

Job, chapters 28-32

“Did not the One who made me in the womb also make them?
Was it not the same One who formed us before our birth?”

~Job 31:15

Job did not consider himself to be above anyone.
Even at the height of his financial success, prior to his tragic losses, he esteemed his servants and the poor, treating them with dignity and generosity (Job 31:13,14,16-22).
His clean conscience kept him from ever feeling shame when praying to God during his trials.
It is thus important that we imitate his attitude toward those of lesser economic privilege.
For example, when carrying out our Christian commission to share the Good News, do we hold back from speaking with the homeless? (1 Thess. 2:4).
When we knock at the door of a beautiful mansion, do we refrain from sharing our message with the gardener or maid?
We do good in God’s eyes when we ‘do not withhold good from those to whom we should give it, if it is within our power to help,’ (Prov. 3:27).

1 Kings, chapters 3-6

“[…] In the 11th year, in the month of Bula (that is, the eighth month), the house was finished in all its details and according to its plan. So he spent seven years building it.”
~1 Kings 6:38

King Solomon’s extraordinary wisdom was a blessing from Jehovah (1 Ki. 3:11,12).

Yet, when the time came to carry out the colossal project of building the temple, Solomon did not rely on his own ideas or expertise.
Rather, he humbly put the plans his father David had drawn out for him into effect.

King David had received the plans by divine inspiration through a dream (1 Chron. 28:11,12).
So really, it was Jehovah who was the true architect, and Solomon recognized that.

By not taking creative liberties and altering God’s plan for his own temple, King Solomon set an example of humility and submission.
We, too, should be careful not to overstep instructions in our congregation duties.

2 Samuel, chapters 22-24

“For you are my lamp, O Jehovah;
It is Jehovah who lights up my darknes.”
~2 Samuel 22:29

Ever feel lost in life?
Like you have no idea what direction to steer yourself in?
God promises to light our path so we know what direction to head in.
He does this when we draw close to him in prayer and when we base our decisions on his guiding principles found in his word (Ps. 5:1,2; 119:105; Isa. 30:21).
When we let God influence our decision making, we can have the same confidence as the Psalmist:

Jehovah is my light and my salvation. Whom should I fear? Jehovah is the stronghold of my life. Whom should I dread? (Ps. 27:1).

We will experience clarity and peace of mind that only comes as a result of doing God’s will (Ps. 97:11).

Exodus, chapters 34-37

“Let all who are skilled* among you come and make everything that Jehovah has commanded.”
~Exodus 35:10

*skilled: wise of heart

Jehovah extended out an invitation to all his people to volunteer and take part in the privilege of building the tabernacle, which was to be the center of true worship for around 500 years.
Today, we live in a time of great spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Despite society’s moral decay, “the path of the righteous […] grows brighter and brighter until full daylight,” (Prov. 4:18).
Prophecies relating to the abundance and accessibility of God’s word are being fulfilled as we venture further into “the time of the end.” (Dan. 12:4; Matt. 24:14)
Jesus extended an invitation into the future to those now living to join in the ‘harvest work,’ so to speak, and spread his father’s message. (Matt. 9:37,38)
We may feel inept, unworthy, or too insignificant to partake in the fulfillment of these prophecies, but as the footnote explains, “skilled” literally means “wise of heart” in the original language. This understanding enables us to see ourselves from God’s point of view.
King Solomon, one of the wisest men to have lived, describes someone with a wise heart as a person who knows “the right time and procedure,” or who knows “both time and judgment,” (Eccl. 8:5 {New World Translation}; {Reference Bible}).
This implies letting ourselves be guided by God’s spirit as we strive to display qualities such as faith and patience. (Ps. 37:7; Gal. 5:22,23)
Regardless of our origins, Jehovah God is the one choosing us to draw close to him, (John 6:44).
If we pray to him for wisdom and other fine qualities, he grants them to us through his spirit and his word. (Ja. 1:5)
Therefor, anyone can come to be “skilled” or “wise of heart” if we use our gifts to serve him instead of serving self-centered goals.
God’s modern-day servants accept today’s equivalent of the invitation and selflessly set aside lucrative careers to volunteer where there is greater need of Bible ministers, to build more halls and branch offices for the growing organization, to humbly serve anonymously in those branch offices in the capacity of artists, translators or lesser-recognized fields, or as traveling overseers supervising and motivating over a dozen congregations at a time.
Jehovah is the one making us “skilled” and worthy, provided that we are willing to carry out his work.