“Add Nothing To It” ( Ecclesiastes 3: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Nothing need be added to Christ’s finished work — the redemptive work He completed on the cross.

“[God] has set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Men — that is humankind — desire God; they feel an emptiness when they are without His intimate presence.

Solomon reminds us that “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17) Because all will stand before the judgment seat of God Almighty, humankind needs One who will stand in the gap for them — One who has taken upon Himself the sins of the world.

Nothing is more powerful than the shed blood of Jesus Christ crucified. No “good deeds” compare to His effort on the cross of Calvary. Add nothing to His work, for it is not only unnecessary, it is worthless.

“Cling To Your Faith” ( Ecclesiastes 12: 6, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) “Remember Him — before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7)

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca’ [an Aramaic term for contempt] is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew 5:21-22) “‘And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.'” (Matthew 5:30)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Therefore, “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

And, “since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Let us remember our Creator in our youth, before troubles make life weary. Let us cling to our faith in Jesus Christ, our high priest who knows our weaknesses first-hand and who bore our sins in His body on a tree, so that we might serve the living God.