Ben’s QTVOTD – “Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” Ecclesiastes 7:29 ->me: This entire chapter of Ecclesiastes (chap 7), has been on the Preacher’s (Solomon’s) struggles is with understanding life through earthly wisdom. He concludes the chapter with several points: 1) His life was foolishness and madness until he sought the wisdom of the Creator, and turning from relying on what he could answer in his own earthly wisdom. 2) True wisdom is rare and he could scarcely (1/10th of 1 percent) find any men with it. 3) Man was created by God to walk upright (a heart disposed to faithfulness and obedience) but it is man who is to blame for our current condition. Sin has entered in and man’s sin is all of these things – Perverse (we invent things to change the norm), Deliberate (Persistent/Proactive), Universal (everyone is affected through the seed of Adam and Eve), and Multi-Form (many many manifestations – “Everyone to his own way’). The uber point is that there is no use in using earthly ideas, thought, or wisdom to discern the aspects of life and death separate from God. Peace comes from God to the man whose heart is stayed on Him — Isaiah 26:3a.