This post is Day 3 in a series of studies about “Surprises”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Surprises – Day 3

Ecclesiastes 5:8

If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

The Thought

This verse makes us think that the writer of Ecclesiastes (thought to be Solomon), has been watching the news programmes of today. There is much separation in today’s society. What Solomon says is true. But what he doesn’t say is that there is One who is “above ALL things”, God Almighty who reigns from Heaven above. Although the writer does talk of God several times in his short book of Ecclesiastes.

The problem we are struggling with at the end of 2022, is that enemy of God, satan. He was defeated at the cross, but refuses to “stay dead”! He thinks he is the highest authority that the writer is talking about. Sadly he has more disciples than we imagine.

But there is another problem. The failure of much of the church to fulfil its mandate given to us by Jesus. We find it recorded for us in Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15-18.

Since those words were written we have built churches and designed our services at regular times so that people come and go and pray for their own small world. We must thank God that things are changing now. We can have round the clock news from Christian sources across the world. They are constantly giving us subjects for prayer, and telling us the truth.


Let’s pray today for the people mentioned in the verse above. The poor in our areas. Those who have their rights denied. Pray too for your area government officials. Name them before the Lord if you can.

Read 1 Timothy 2:1-2 and remember in your prayers, those in authority, and those in higher authority, and those above them, until we reach and pray for the highest person in our land. After praying for our own areas and countries, we can join our prayers for those in international governmental authority. Much prayer is needed.

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