Category Archives: 21 – Ecclesiastes

Questions About God


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at the life of Solomon.  We saw that when God told him to ask for anything in the world, he asked for wisdom.  We read through the book of Proverbs and are now in Ecclesiastes and we have seen that wisdom in action.  Many people believe that Solomon was the wisest person to ever live (with the exception of Jesus Christ of course).  Even if you do not necessarily believe that, you have to admit that he was full of wisdom.  Typically, when we think of a man of wisdom, we think of a man with answers.  We think about someone who always seeks the truth and always finds it.  Perhaps that is why today’s key passage struck me so much when I read it.  As wise as Solomon was, in today’s passage he says something that many people today have trouble saying.  He says, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Vs. 16-17)  Basically, when it comes to questions about all that God has done, Solomon says that he does not know all the answers.

I do not know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this passage.  That might sound strange, but let me explain.  See, I too have many questions about God.  There are many things I cannot explain.  There are many things I do not fully understand.  There are many times in my life where I have thought to myself, “I cannot wait to get to Heaven so I can ask God about this”.  When I read this passage, I realize that I am not alone in my questions.  I realize that even the wisest man who ever lived struggled with the fact that he did not truly understand all of the ways of God.  See I believe that all of us have at least a few questions about God that we simply cannot reconcile in our minds.  I think this is normal, and I think it can be expected.  Having questions about God is not really the problem, though.  It is how we respond to these questions that really matters.  When we ponder all that God has ever done and realize that we cannot possibly understand it all, we can choose to let that rob us of our faith, our joy, and our hope.  This is where people run into a lot of trouble.  Instead of allowing these questions to cause us to backslide, we can actually find comfort in our questions.  The simple fact is that we do not need to know all the answers.  We do not need to be able to understand all that God has done.  Someone much greater than any of us has all the answers.  He is the only one who needs to know the answers.  He is the only one who needs to truly understand it all.  Instead of worrying about the questions, we can put our faith and trust in God.  We can trust Him to do what is right.  We can trust Him to answer everything that needs to be answered.  Instead of trying to answer all of our questions, we can rest in Him and spend our time enjoying all of the gifts He gives us in this life.

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The Power of Companionship


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

 

When I was a child, I remember watching episodes of The Lone Ranger on television with my Dad.  I enjoyed that show as a kid and had the action figures that I would play with.  There were even times that I would pretend that my bicycle was Silver, the faithful horse of the Lone Ranger.  The funny thing about that show, though, is that despite the fact that the main character was called the Lone Ranger, he was never actually alone.  Standing by his side through thick and thin, was his faithful sidekick Tonto.  When the Lone Ranger had a job to do, he did not try to go it alone.  He always had Tonto there to help him.  In today’s key passage, Solomon talks about something that he saw that was “meaningless under the sun”. (Vs. 7)  He describes a man who is all alone, with “neither son nor brother”, who is unable to find contentment in his life. (Vs.  8)  Solomon then extols the power of companionship.  When two or more work together, they produce more. (Vs. 9)  When one man falls, another can pick him back up. (Vs. 10)  Without someone to share this life with, we live a cold existence, but when others are present, we add “fire” to our lives. (Vs. 11)  When one man is attacked, he is likely to be overpowered but when two or more stand together, they can defend themselves. (Vs. 12)

Many people today try to walk the Christian life alone.  They believe that as long as they read their Bibles and spend time in prayer, they will not be missing out on anything.  In truth, God wants so much more for us than that.  This life on earth is designed for companionship.  It is designed for intimacy with others.  It is designed for love.  As much as we may try, we cannot fully realize God’s potential for us in the absence of relationships.  For people with introverted personalities, this can be a real challenge.  There are many people who simply do not feel comfortable surrounded by other people.  In other cases, past hurts or slights can cause some people to shut down emotionally and distrust others.  No matter what reasons a person has to prefer isolation over companionship, God has the power to help us overcome it.  God can fill our hearts with love for others.  He can help us step out in faith and overcome an introverted personality.  God can heal past hurts and allow us to open our hearts to others.  All we have to do is ask Him for His help, and He is able to do, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. (Ephesians 3:20)  Do not try to live out your faith in isolation.  All of us need companions.  Even if you are more comfortable living as the Lone Ranger, everyone needs a Tonto.

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Searching for the Meaning of Life


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:11

 

It is an age-old question.  What is the meaning of life?  For thousands of years people have searched for the answer to this question, and King Solomon was no different.  In our key passage today, Solomon chronicles his search for meaning in his life.  He began by looking to human wisdom as the source of meaning, but found that the more wisdom he gained the more sorrow he found. (Vss. 1:12-18)  Solomon then tried to find meaning in the pleasures of this world, but once again was left unsatisfied. (Vss. 2:1-3)  He looked for meaning in the projects he completed.  (Vss. 2:4-6)  He built the temple, his own palace, and cities, but once again, he found that his efforts did not bring him true satisfaction.  Solomon was a very rich man, so he thought perhaps he could find meaning in his possessions. (Vss. 2:7-10)  Sadly, no matter how much he owned he once again found no real happiness in his possessions.  As Solomon tirelessly searched for meaning in this life, time and time again he came up empty-handed.  Solomon said, “when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Vs. 2:11)

Today people still search endlessly for the meaning of life.  Just like Solomon, most of the time people search for that meaning in the wrong places.  They search for meaning by gaining knowledge.  They read books, scour the Internet, and watch the news in an effort to find true meaning.  They look for meaning in the pleasures of this world, sometimes in the form of healthy hobbies and other times in the form of destructive addictions.  They search for meaning in their work, and toil away all the while feeling unsatisfied and empty.  There are so many places people can search for meaning in this life, but sadly all but one of them lead to exactly the same place.  All but one of them lead to a meaningless chasing of the wind.  There is only one road that is divergent.  There is only one path that leads to a different destination.  There is only one place to find true meaning in this life, and that place is in the person of Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Jesus Christ is the source of all things, and when we know Him as our Lord and Savior, we know what it means to find the true meaning of life.

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Questions About God


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at the life of Solomon.  We saw that when God told him to ask for anything in the world, he asked for wisdom.  We read through the book of Proverbs and are now in Ecclesiastes and we have seen that wisdom in action.  Many people believe that Solomon was the wisest person to ever live (with the exception of Jesus Christ of course).  Even if you do not necessarily believe that, you have to admit that he was full of wisdom.  Typically, when we think of a man of wisdom, we think of a man with answers.  We think about someone who always seeks the truth and always finds it.  Perhaps that is why today’s key passage struck me so much when I read it.  As wise as Solomon was, in today’s passage he says something that many people today have trouble saying.  He says, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Vs. 16-17)  Basically, when it comes to questions about all that God has done, Solomon says that he does not know all the answers.

I do not know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this passage.  That might sound strange, but let me explain.  See, I too have many questions about God.  There are many things I cannot explain.  There are many things I do not fully understand.  There are many times in my life where I have thought to myself, “I cannot wait to get to Heaven so I can ask God about this”.  When I read this passage, I realize that I am not alone in my questions.  I realize that even the wisest man who ever lived struggled with the fact that he did not truly understand all of the ways of God.  See I believe that all of us have at least a few questions about God that we simply cannot reconcile in our minds.  I think this is normal, and I think it can be expected.  Having questions about God is not really the problem, though.  It is how we respond to these questions that really matters.  When we ponder all that God has ever done and realize that we cannot possibly understand it all, we can choose to let that rob us of our faith, our joy, and our hope.  This is where people run into a lot of trouble.  Instead of allowing these questions to cause us to backslide, we can actually find comfort in our questions.  The simple fact is that we do not need to know all the answers.  We do not need to be able to understand all that God has done.  Someone much greater than any of us has all the answers.  He is the only one who needs to know the answers.  He is the only one who needs to truly understand it all.  Instead of worrying about the questions, we can put our faith and trust in God.  We can trust Him to do what is right.  We can trust Him to answer everything that needs to be answered.  Instead of trying to answer all of our questions, we can rest in Him and spend our time enjoying all of the gifts He gives us in this life.

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The Power of Companionship


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

 

When I was a child, I remember watching episodes of The Lone Ranger on television with my Dad.  I enjoyed that show as a kid and had the action figures that I would play with.  There were even times that I would pretend that my bicycle was Silver, the faithful horse of the Lone Ranger.  The funny thing about that show, though, is that despite the fact that the main character was called the Lone Ranger, he was never actually alone.  Standing by his side through thick and thin, was his faithful sidekick Tonto.  When the Lone Ranger had a job to do, he did not try to go it alone.  He always had Tonto there to help him.  In today’s key passage, Solomon talks about something that he saw that was “meaningless under the sun”. (Vs. 7)  He describes a man who is all alone, with “neither son nor brother”, who is unable to find contentment in his life. (Vs.  8)  Solomon then extols the power of companionship.  When two or more work together, they produce more. (Vs. 9)  When one man falls, another can pick him back up. (Vs. 10)  Without someone to share this life with, we live a cold existence, but when others are present, we add “fire” to our lives. (Vs. 11)  When one man is attacked, he is likely to be overpowered but when two or more stand together, they can defend themselves. (Vs. 12)

Many people today try to walk the Christian life alone.  They believe that as long as they read their Bibles and spend time in prayer, they will not be missing out on anything.  In truth, God wants so much more for us than that.  This life on earth is designed for companionship.  It is designed for intimacy with others.  It is designed for love.  As much as we may try, we cannot fully realize God’s potential for us in the absence of relationships.  For people with introverted personalities, this can be a real challenge.  There are many people who simply do not feel comfortable surrounded by other people.  In other cases, past hurts or slights can cause some people to shut down emotionally and distrust others.  No matter what reasons a person has to prefer isolation over companionship, God has the power to help us overcome it.  God can fill our hearts with love for others.  He can help us step out in faith and overcome an introverted personality.  God can heal past hurts and allow us to open our hearts to others.  All we have to do is ask Him for His help, and He is able to do, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. (Ephesians 3:20)  Do not try to live out your faith in isolation.  All of us need companions.  Even if you are more comfortable living as the Lone Ranger, everyone needs a Tonto.

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Searching for the Meaning of Life


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:11

 

It is an age-old question.  What is the meaning of life?  For thousands of years people have searched for the answer to this question, and King Solomon was no different.  In our key passage today, Solomon chronicles his search for meaning in his life.  He began by looking to human wisdom as the source of meaning, but found that the more wisdom he gained the more sorrow he found. (Vss. 1:12-18)  Solomon then tried to find meaning in the pleasures of this world, but once again was left unsatisfied. (Vss. 2:1-3)  He looked for meaning in the projects he completed.  (Vss. 2:4-6)  He built the temple, his own palace, and cities, but once again, he found that his efforts did not bring him true satisfaction.  Solomon was a very rich man, so he thought perhaps he could find meaning in his possessions. (Vss. 2:7-10)  Sadly, no matter how much he owned he once again found no real happiness in his possessions.  As Solomon tirelessly searched for meaning in this life, time and time again he came up empty-handed.  Solomon said, “when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Vs. 2:11)

Today people still search endlessly for the meaning of life.  Just like Solomon, most of the time people search for that meaning in the wrong places.  They search for meaning by gaining knowledge.  They read books, scour the Internet, and watch the news in an effort to find true meaning.  They look for meaning in the pleasures of this world, sometimes in the form of healthy hobbies and other times in the form of destructive addictions.  They search for meaning in their work, and toil away all the while feeling unsatisfied and empty.  There are so many places people can search for meaning in this life, but sadly all but one of them lead to exactly the same place.  All but one of them lead to a meaningless chasing of the wind.  There is only one road that is divergent.  There is only one path that leads to a different destination.  There is only one place to find true meaning in this life, and that place is in the person of Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Jesus Christ is the source of all things, and when we know Him as our Lord and Savior, we know what it means to find the true meaning of life.

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Questions About God


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at the life of Solomon.  We saw that when God told him to ask for anything in the world, he asked for wisdom.  We read through the book of Proverbs and are now in Ecclesiastes and we have seen that wisdom in action.  Many people believe that Solomon was the wisest person to ever live (with the exception of Jesus Christ of course).  Even if you do not necessarily believe that, you have to admit that he was full of wisdom.  Typically, when we think of a man of wisdom, we think of a man with answers.  We think about someone who always seeks the truth and always finds it.  Perhaps that is why today’s key passage struck me so much when I read it.  As wise as Solomon was, in today’s passage he says something that many people today have trouble saying.  He says, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Vs. 16-17)  Basically, when it comes to questions about all that God has done, Solomon says that he does not know all the answers.

I do not know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this passage.  That might sound strange, but let me explain.  See, I too have many questions about God.  There are many things I cannot explain.  There are many things I do not fully understand.  There are many times in my life where I have thought to myself, “I cannot wait to get to Heaven so I can ask God about this”.  When I read this passage, I realize that I am not alone in my questions.  I realize that even the wisest man who ever lived struggled with the fact that he did not truly understand all of the ways of God.  See I believe that all of us have at least a few questions about God that we simply cannot reconcile in our minds.  I think this is normal, and I think it can be expected.  Having questions about God is not really the problem, though.  It is how we respond to these questions that really matters.  When we ponder all that God has ever done and realize that we cannot possibly understand it all, we can choose to let that rob us of our faith, our joy, and our hope.  This is where people run into a lot of trouble.  Instead of allowing these questions to cause us to backslide, we can actually find comfort in our questions.  The simple fact is that we do not need to know all the answers.  We do not need to be able to understand all that God has done.  Someone much greater than any of us has all the answers.  He is the only one who needs to know the answers.  He is the only one who needs to truly understand it all.  Instead of worrying about the questions, we can put our faith and trust in God.  We can trust Him to do what is right.  We can trust Him to answer everything that needs to be answered.  Instead of trying to answer all of our questions, we can rest in Him and spend our time enjoying all of the gifts He gives us in this life.

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The Power of Companionship


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

 

When I was a child, I remember watching episodes of The Lone Ranger on television with my Dad.  I enjoyed that show as a kid and had the action figures that I would play with.  There were even times that I would pretend that my bicycle was Silver, the faithful horse of the Lone Ranger.  The funny thing about that show, though, is that despite the fact that the main character was called the Lone Ranger, he was never actually alone.  Standing by his side through thick and thin, was his faithful sidekick Tonto.  When the Lone Ranger had a job to do, he did not try to go it alone.  He always had Tonto there to help him.  In today’s key passage, Solomon talks about something that he saw that was “meaningless under the sun”. (Vs. 7)  He describes a man who is all alone, with “neither son nor brother”, who is unable to find contentment in his life. (Vs.  8)  Solomon then extols the power of companionship.  When two or more work together, they produce more. (Vs. 9)  When one man falls, another can pick him back up. (Vs. 10)  Without someone to share this life with, we live a cold existence, but when others are present, we add “fire” to our lives. (Vs. 11)  When one man is attacked, he is likely to be overpowered but when two or more stand together, they can defend themselves. (Vs. 12)

Many people today try to walk the Christian life alone.  They believe that as long as they read their Bibles and spend time in prayer, they will not be missing out on anything.  In truth, God wants so much more for us than that.  This life on earth is designed for companionship.  It is designed for intimacy with others.  It is designed for love.  As much as we may try, we cannot fully realize God’s potential for us in the absence of relationships.  For people with introverted personalities, this can be a real challenge.  There are many people who simply do not feel comfortable surrounded by other people.  In other cases, past hurts or slights can cause some people to shut down emotionally and distrust others.  No matter what reasons a person has to prefer isolation over companionship, God has the power to help us overcome it.  God can fill our hearts with love for others.  He can help us step out in faith and overcome an introverted personality.  God can heal past hurts and allow us to open our hearts to others.  All we have to do is ask Him for His help, and He is able to do, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. (Ephesians 3:20)  Do not try to live out your faith in isolation.  All of us need companions.  Even if you are more comfortable living as the Lone Ranger, everyone needs a Tonto.

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Searching for the Meaning of Life


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:11

 

It is an age-old question.  What is the meaning of life?  For thousands of years people have searched for the answer to this question, and King Solomon was no different.  In our key passage today, Solomon chronicles his search for meaning in his life.  He began by looking to human wisdom as the source of meaning, but found that the more wisdom he gained the more sorrow he found. (Vss. 1:12-18)  Solomon then tried to find meaning in the pleasures of this world, but once again was left unsatisfied. (Vss. 2:1-3)  He looked for meaning in the projects he completed.  (Vss. 2:4-6)  He built the temple, his own palace, and cities, but once again, he found that his efforts did not bring him true satisfaction.  Solomon was a very rich man, so he thought perhaps he could find meaning in his possessions. (Vss. 2:7-10)  Sadly, no matter how much he owned he once again found no real happiness in his possessions.  As Solomon tirelessly searched for meaning in this life, time and time again he came up empty-handed.  Solomon said, “when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Vs. 2:11)

Today people still search endlessly for the meaning of life.  Just like Solomon, most of the time people search for that meaning in the wrong places.  They search for meaning by gaining knowledge.  They read books, scour the Internet, and watch the news in an effort to find true meaning.  They look for meaning in the pleasures of this world, sometimes in the form of healthy hobbies and other times in the form of destructive addictions.  They search for meaning in their work, and toil away all the while feeling unsatisfied and empty.  There are so many places people can search for meaning in this life, but sadly all but one of them lead to exactly the same place.  All but one of them lead to a meaningless chasing of the wind.  There is only one road that is divergent.  There is only one path that leads to a different destination.  There is only one place to find true meaning in this life, and that place is in the person of Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Jesus Christ is the source of all things, and when we know Him as our Lord and Savior, we know what it means to find the true meaning of life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Questions About God


Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at the life of Solomon.  We saw that when God told him to ask for anything in the world, he asked for wisdom.  We read through the book of Proverbs and are now in Ecclesiastes and we have seen that wisdom in action.  Many people believe that Solomon was the wisest person to ever live (with the exception of Jesus Christ of course).  Even if you do not necessarily believe that, you have to admit that he was full of wisdom.  Typically, when we think of a man of wisdom, we think of a man with answers.  We think about someone who always seeks the truth and always finds it.  Perhaps that is why today’s key passage struck me so much when I read it.  As wise as Solomon was, in today’s passage he says something that many people today have trouble saying.  He says, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Vs. 16-17)  Basically, when it comes to questions about all that God has done, Solomon says that he does not know all the answers.

I do not know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this passage.  That might sound strange, but let me explain.  See, I too have many questions about God.  There are many things I cannot explain.  There are many things I do not fully understand.  There are many times in my life where I have thought to myself, “I cannot wait to get to Heaven so I can ask God about this”.  When I read this passage, I realize that I am not alone in my questions.  I realize that even the wisest man who ever lived struggled with the fact that he did not truly understand all of the ways of God.  See I believe that all of us have at least a few questions about God that we simply cannot reconcile in our minds.  I think this is normal, and I think it can be expected.  Having questions about God is not really the problem, though.  It is how we respond to these questions that really matters.  When we ponder all that God has ever done and realize that we cannot possibly understand it all, we can choose to let that rob us of our faith, our joy, and our hope.  This is where people run into a lot of trouble.  Instead of allowing these questions to cause us to backslide, we can actually find comfort in our questions.  The simple fact is that we do not need to know all the answers.  We do not need to be able to understand all that God has done.  Someone much greater than any of us has all the answers.  He is the only one who needs to know the answers.  He is the only one who needs to truly understand it all.  Instead of worrying about the questions, we can put our faith and trust in God.  We can trust Him to do what is right.  We can trust Him to answer everything that needs to be answered.  Instead of trying to answer all of our questions, we can rest in Him and spend our time enjoying all of the gifts He gives us in this life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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