Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 verse 4 says:
Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
Better to be alive, than to be dead.
It sounds obvious and self-evident. But the fact that the writer King Solomon has committed it to writing would suggest it is not!
It is our natural earthly instinct to look at our lives and compare it to those around us, those we see on TV, those we aspire to be like and are confronted and frustrated by our lack.
There will always be people with things you don’t have. But, if you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, you have something more. You have LIFE!
See, it is better to have life, without status, without fame or money, without influence or image or profile. Because if you have life you have everything over a person who has all that, and yet is dead spiritually.
Our primary problem as people is without Jesus, we are dead spiritually. We are not just morally in need of help. We are not just ignorant and in need of direction. We are DEAD!
But the good news is Jesus says I have come so that you can have abundant, eternal life! (John 10:10) If you have LIFE, then you have HOPE! And it is better to be a dog with life and hope than be all that a lion is, and yet be dead.
PRAYER: Thank you Father, for your LIFE. I acknowledge the amazing work you did in me to make me alive in you. I ask for perspective to see my life and my future through your eternal lens. In Jesus name, Amen.