Ecclesiastes | Day Three
By: Taylor Cage | A Time to Rejoice
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Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
This is probably the most popular section of Scripture in the entire book of Ecclesiastes. Even if you’ve never read the book of Ecclesiastes then chances are that you are familiar with this passage.
In this section of Scripture, what do you think that King Solomon is trying to convey?
In life there is balance, God-given balance.
Why do you think that God balances life this way?
What would life be like if there wasn’t this balance?
We may not know exactly why God has balanced our lives this way, but we do know that because of it we are forced to accept and enjoy all that we are given rather than try to understand all that happens in life.
Seasons are a blessing so that we will never take for granted a time of sweetness and we will never succumb to despair in a time of pain.
Read Ecclesiastes 3:9-15. What does it mean that God has made everything beautiful in its time?
Consider that God has put eternity in the heart of man. How can you see evidence of that in your own heart?
God has put eternity in our hearts. That means that we long for things that last. We long for relationships that last and we long for possessions and reputations that last.
Can you relate to longing for things that last? How so?
But God never intended for our worldly things to satisfy our longing for eternity. Instead, only He can satisfy that longing for eternity. He is the only thing in our lives that will never change. He is the constant for all of eternity.
Read Ecclesiastes 3:16-22. He notes that even in justice, there is still wickedness. Can you see evidence of this anywhere today?
He says that even in the place of righteousness, there is evil there too. Can you see evidence of this?
Solomon acknowledges that even in places that should be immune to brokenness and sinfulness, there is still wickedness. And it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from. Even in our justice system, there is still brokenness. Even in our churches, there is still brokenness.
Why does Solomon believe that God allows there to be evil even in these places?
Again, Solomon laments that we all die, men and beasts together, everyone dies. Why does Solomon continue to return to this particular lament?
How does acknowledging that our lives begin and end with dust force us to a place of humility?
What does Solomon again conclude is the best thing for men to do on earth?
Solomon says there is nothing better in life than rejoicing in your work. So think about your work. Maybe it’s school or a job or chores, but in some way we all work. Do you rejoice in your work?
Read Colossians 3:23. What does Scripture call us to do with our work in this passage?
Take these two themes of rejoicing in your work and working for the Lord and put them together into one sentence.
Is that how you work?
Solomon is right. So much of our lives are spent working in some way. That means it’s crucial for us to get it right if we want to live lives that are worth living, lives that aren’t wasted.
Take some time and ask God to reveal to you how you can work for Him and rejoice while doing it. Write down some practical ways you can make changes.