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Ecclesiastes presents us a naturalistic vision of life but ultimately recognizes the rule and reign of God in the world.

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The Qualities of a Good Boss

Wisdom. This one word describes the theme of the second half of Solomon’s memoirs in the book of Ecclesiastes. The terms wise and wisdom appear more than thirty times in the last six chapters, and the concept is interwoven through most of the paragraphs…sometimes in a subtle manner, other times boldly. In the previous message, we discovered some of the benefits that come our way when we operate our lives according to wisdom: balance, strength, and insight. In today’s exposition, we’ll see these benefits personified in the life of “the wise man,” portrayed by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 8:1–9.

An Illuminated Face

Ecclesiastes 8:1

A wise leader has a cheerful disposition. And no one says it like Solomon, “Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam,” Ecclesiastes 8:1.