S.O.A.P. Learnings

From Ecclesiastes

I started reading today in the book of the Bible called Ecclesiastes.  I have read it before but it has been a while.  I love the Poetical books (Job-Song of Solomon), especially Psalms and Proverbs.  I like to read what I call “wisdom literature”.  I feel so, let’s just say, ignorant! 🙂   I want to be led by the wisdom of God, so I may lead in my personal life and ministry.  So, therefore, I read wisdom literature…I think, “hey, if the wisest man who has ever lived wrote stuff down, i should probably read it”.

Anyway, I just finished a New Testatment book, (1 & 2 Thessalonians),  so I thought to read Eccclesiastes.  I follow the S.O.A.P. method in my quiet time of reading Scripture.  Here are my learnings from this morning:

S – (scripture) – v. 13-14, 17 – “and I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven.  It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.  I have seen everything…and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind”  “and I applied my heart to know wisdom…I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind”

O- (observations) – the writer, Solomon, seems vexed.  He has seen it all and understands everything inside and out b/c he has divine wisdom and acknowledges that all is vanity and a pointless pursuit.  It seems the more you know, the more troubled you are or become.

A- (application) – I must admit, that I dont understand, b/c I thought pursuing wisdom to be a great thing.  In fact, it  is a passion of mine.   But it seems, that maybe that is in error.  I do want to walk in wisdom…Proverbs tells me I am blessed if i do…so, I am uncertain of how to apply these learnings.  At first I think I should stop prusing wisdom maybe its just the order of things…in other words,pursue the Lord, fear Him  & wisdom will result or come later?

P- (prayer) – Lord help me to discern what you are saying to me!  Guide me, lead me…teach me to fear you!


I cannot tell you how much I want wisdom.  I cry out for it all the time, just like Proverbs 2 tells me to do.  Maybe I just need to pursue my “wise” Lord!  Then fearing Him will result and then wisdom will come.  Proverbs does say, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.


I just thought to share this today, myabe it will bless someone or encourage them to read and follow a S.O.A.P method of intaking the word of God.  ??  May we all walk today in close communion with our Lord and Savior and be joyful!! 🙂




One Response to “S.O.A.P. Learnings”

  1. Steve Nelson Says:

    Read this in Wisom Hunters Daily Devotional today.

    “Wisdom grows in a life submitted to the guidance of God’s spirit”. Boyd Bailey

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