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My Prayer for Today

The Vanity of Life
1      The words of the Preacher, the son of David, aking in Jerusalem. 

    2      “Vanity b of vanities,” says the Preacher; 
“Vanity of vanities, call is vanity.” 

    3      What profit has a man from all his labor 
          In which he toils under the sun? 
    4      One generation passes away, and another generation comes; 
          But the earth abides forever. 
    5      The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, 
          And hastens to the place where it arose. 
    6      The wind goes toward the south, 
          And turns around to the north; 
          The wind whirls about continually, 
          And comes again on its circuit. 
    7      All the rivers run into the sea, 
          Yet the sea is not full; 
          To the place from which the rivers come, 
          There they return again. 
    8      All things are full of labor; 
          Man cannot express it. 
          The eye is not satisfied with seeing, 
          Nor the ear filled with hearing. 

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 20: From Concept to Caution to Cause
1 Timothy 5:10–17

Some things in the Bible are downright surprising, including several passages in Paul’s letters. Sometimes his words are so personal or they’re addressed to such a specific person our group, that it’s hard to understand why that particular passage is there. But God uses people to do His work, and whatever they show or teach us sets a precedent—like how to deal with difficult people, or how to best help the poor.
Some sections of Paul’s letters are rarely read aloud in church; we simply can’t figure out how to apply them. What application can you draw from a long list of people, or from the very specific details of how to evaluate a widow in need in your community (1 Tim 5)? What if there are no widows in your community? Do you just move on?
First Timothy 5:10–17 sets a good precedent for us as Christians, and it can serve as a standard for applying other passages. We don’t know precisely why Paul told Timothy to help widows “les…