Without having studied several other versions of this passage in Ecclesiastes, I am not sure I would have fully grasped the complete meaning.
At first, it seems to be saying not to dream or dreaming is futile. It, rather, is saying overwork makes you restless and when that dream becomes a reality there is no savoring but moving on to the next big thing.
A colleague’s wife was the epitome of this. She would be on to the next home building project before the last was barely finished. I believe it was because she lacked vision. She was just wanting to be busy rather than savor the end product of the plan now reality. She could not enjoy the success of one project because she was already working on the next. Thus, her many dreams were bringing futility. And so, it also is with too many words.
Dreams do come through much effort as stated in the amplified version but “…in a multitude of dreams and in a flood of words there is worthlessness. Rather [reverently] fear God [and worship Him with awe-filled respect, knowing who He is].”*
When we know where we are headed, when we know to whom we belong, when we know our dream of seeing our Savior face to face one day is true; it makes the dreaming easier.
It makes our faith walk a wee bit easier.
“…we walk by faith, not by sight…” II Corinthians 5.7
May we fear God in reverence and worship Him with respect; not just knowing who we are in Him, but who He!
when we do.
And please remember, more often than not, the fewer the words the better!
For when words are many; sin is often unavoidable (Proverbs 10.19 paraphrase BSB). Yes, too much talk can lead to sin (NLT paraphrase).
“Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10.19b NLT) for restraining your lips is wise (NAS paraphrase).
Keep dreaming one dream at a time. Bridle your tongue. And love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22.37).
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