Beyond the Weekend

February 20 | Shepherd

February 20, 2019


The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Ecclesiastes 12:11

Read: Ecclesiastes 12:9-11

Listen: Ecclesiastes 12


The author of Ecclesiastes is creative, careful and wise in the way he teaches his readers. But there is more to what he pens than just his thoughts and experiences.

Like all Scripture, his writings are given by the “One Shepherd,” God himself. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We need God’s Word to enjoy life and live without worry.

God’s Word functions like goads and well-driven nails. Shepherds use a goad (staff) to keep their sheep moving in the right direction toward food and shelter away from danger. Depending on the circumstance, it’s used either with a light tap or a hefty whack.

God’s Words function the same way. They guide us day-by-day. And enjoyment of life directly correlates to how deeply we allow his Word into our mind and heart. As well-driven nails secure the structure of a building, God’s Truth gives us strength and stability.


The Ecclesiastes author knows the way you experience life depends on how much time you spend and how deeply you go into God’s Word. Pray about and consider where you are in this vital endeavor. Then take steps to become more committed to his Word through the Row, Circle and Chair. Send us an email for help and suggestions at

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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