Read Ecclesiastes 6
Focus on verse 11
I miss the conversations I used to have with my father-in-law. Though he would probably have denied it, he was somewhat of a philosopher, and often thought very deeply about things. I found it challenging at times in an iron sharpens iron kind of way, and more than a few times I he would catch me talking myself into a hole. He would rarely fail to remind me at times like this that if I was desirous of getting out of the hole I was in I would find it helpful to stop digging. In other words, if it was my talking that got me into the hole I was in, more talking was not likely to get me out.
Verse eleven of today’s chapter in Ecclesiastes reminds me of that advice. “The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man?” Once again, Solomon’s observation is that it all seems to be somewhat meaningless like chasing after the wind or trying to capture the morning mist. What is it that gives our lives meaning? This is really the big question that Ecclesiastes explores. In today’s segment we discover at least one more aspect of life that does not do much to give it meaning. Running off at the mouth with a lot of words apparently does not do it. In fact it can quickly become counter productive if one is not careful how he or she uses their words.
Once again I am reminded that it is better to refrain from speaking and allow people to think one is a fool, than to speak up in a manner that removes all doubt.