Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nov 24: Ecclesiastes 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ecclesiastes 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In this chapter, the author recalls his nosedive into the pleasures of life to try and find fulfillment.
  • If the author was indeed King Solomon then, as king of the nation, he had unlimited resources at his disposal to indulge in pleasures.
  • He mentions trying to find pleasure in drinking, in achieving great accomplishments in building houses and owning slaves and livestock, fame, and then even in learning as much as he could. He says all his accomplishments were worthless. Concerning wisdom, he admits it is better to be wise than foolish, but that we all end up the same way.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • I really enjoy the brutal honesty of the author in the book of Ecclesiastes. He minces no words in describing his frustrations with both life and God. The truth is we’ve all had these questions to varying degrees. The last few lines reveal where the author is heading in this book. He says that in the end, the best we can do is please God because we can’t enjoy life without him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Take some time today and think about how you’ve pursued pleasure in your life . . . has it ended with true fulfillment? Or do your searchings for pleasure end with you still feeling empty as well? If you’re like the rest of us, you’d have to admit that it all too often ends with the same dissatisfaction in life. If that’s the case then wouldn’t it be wise to listen to what the author here writes? 
  • The Bible echoes what Solomon wrote: living a life in relationship with God is the only true way to fulfillment. Take a moment today and be honest with yourself and God about where you’re at with him right now.