Ecclesiastes | Day Five
By: Taylor Cage | Resting and Listening
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I love to talk, sometimes too much. But sometimes, my talking too much can get me into trouble! In this next passage of Scripture, it seems like Solomon has met some people like me.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:4-7. What does it mean for your mouth to lead you into sin?
Can you think of a time when your mouth has led you into sin? What was the issue?
In this passage, Scripture makes it clear that it’s truly possible to talk too much and for words to grow too many. Instead we should fear God and like we talked about yesterday, we should let our words be few in His presence.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:8-9. What does it mean that a high official is watched by a higher?
Even the highest officials on Earth are still not higher than the Lord. He is the highest over all. And what does Solomon say this means for the land?
Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-12. If someone loves money, why will money never satisfy them?
For someone who loves money, is it possible to ever have enough?
Consider that “sweet is the sleep of the laborer.” Explain that in your own words.
Rest is always sweeter when you’ve worked hard. God made us to work hard and then rest.
When we attempt rest without laboring then we find ourselves restless. If you’re resting often but not feeling rested, ask yourself if you’re truly laboring.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:13-20.
Still King Solomon continues to talk about the issue of riches. And while it may seem like he’s spending a lot of time on this one issue, it’s a pretty big issue when it comes to human life.
How has wealth or poverty affected your own life? Has it played a large role in your life in some way?
Ultimately, what does King Solomon conclude about how we enter and leave the world?
It’s easy to forget that when you die, you can’t take anything with you. Why do you think this issue continues to plague Solomon? Do you think this is particularly difficult for those who have a lot?
Again King Solomon comes to the same conclusion that he’s come to several times before in the book of Ecclesiastes. Explain it in your own words.
There are several themes that have become repetitive in the book of Ecclesiastes. What are they?
Are these themes also repetitive in your own life? Are these the themes you find your life revolving around?
How does God keep man occupied according to Solomon?
What would it look like to be occupied with joy in your heart rather than the issues that we tend to allow ourselves to be occupied by?
Assess your life and what occupies you. Ask God to occupy your heart with joy. Ask Him to occupy your heart with Him. Spend some time praying and asking the Lord to reveal the things you are occupied with that aren’t pleasing to Him.