Ecclesiastes | Day Six
By: Taylor Cage | An Unsatisfied Life
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Read Ecclesiastes 6:1-12.
I’m not sure about you, but I love to eat pizza, chocolate, and french fries--all of the unhealthy stuff. You name it, and I probably love it! But here’s the thing about food: no matter how much I eat, I’ll always have to eat more. It’s impossible to satisfy my appetite forever.
And that is what Solomon’s comparing an unsatisfied life to in this passage of Scripture. Sure, there are things that might fill us up for a little while. Some of them might even be good for us (unlike pizza), but eventually, we will be hungry again because we aren’t satisfying our appetites with things that last.
So how do we finally learn to be satisfied?
What does it mean for your soul to be satisfied with life’s good things?
What are some of the things we try to satisfy ourselves with instead?
In order to be truly satisfied, we have to be satisfied by the things that last - eternal things. And there is only one Giver of eternal things. He gives eternal life, eternal peace, eternal joy, and eternal hope. Those are the things that satisfy.
Read Ecclesiastes 7:1-13. What does it mean for a good name to be better than precious ointment?
Read Proverbs 22:1. What does it say about a good name?
Why would it be better to go to a house of mourning than a house of feasting?
When it comes to wisdom, Solomon knows that there is more wisdom to be learned among those who are mourning than those who are feasting. And while it’s good and permissible for us to both feast and mourn, it is better to learn from those who mourn.
Do you search for the song of fools over the rebuke of the wise? Why is it hard to listen to the rebuke of the wise and easier to listen to the song of fools?
Reread verse 10. Rewrite it in your own words.
Have you ever had the thought “my best days are behind me?” Why is this an unwise way to think?
Read Ecclesiastes 7:14-24.
Think about verse 14. Read Psalm 118:24.
Why should you be thankful for everyday, both good and bad?
Why is it hard to be thankful for bad days?
What are some ways you can learn to be thankful even on bad days?
Think about verses 21-22. What does Solomon mean by this?
Read Ecclesiastes 7:25-29. In these last verses, Solomon says he turned to understanding wickedness and folly.
What does he compare wickedness and folly to?
How does someone escape the snares of wickedness and folly?
How would you summarize this chapter of Ecclesiastes? What is Solomon’s key point?
Why do you think that God included this in Scripture?
How can you apply these pieces of wisdom to your life? What changes do you need to make?
Write out some of the verses that stand out to you in this chapter. Spend time meditating on them and praying over them.