Fear God and Obey His Commandments – September 5, 2019

Ecclesiastes 10.1-12.14; 2 Corinthians 8.1-15; Psalm 49.1-20; Proverbs 22.20-21

If you read through the entire book of Ecclesiastes, the writer explores every possible manner of finding happiness and success. And after all is said and done, his conclusion is this: Fear God and keep his commandments. How would your life improve if your entire focus was this?

Questions:

How have you seen foolishness spoil great wisdom and honor?

Do we think of the opportunity to share a financial gift as a privilege? Why or why not?

Do you fear when trouble surrounds you? How can you avoid doing this?

Where do you find sayings of advice and knowledge? How can you seek these out more?

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – September 4, 2019

Ecclesiastes 7.1-9.18; 2 Corinthians 7.8-16; Psalm 48.1-14; Proverbs 22.17-19

It is interesting that the writer of Ecclesiastes determines that the way to live life is to enjoy it: to eat, drink, and be merry. In what ways does this attitude match how you live your life? In what ways does it seem contrary to your attitude, and perhaps even what you think God might advocate as a “good life?”

Questions:

Would you say that people today have a hard time taking dying to heart? Why do you think this is the case?

We often hesitate speaking a strong word of correction against someone. How does Paul’s writing here give us reason to reconsider this hesitancy?

Spend some time today meditating on God’s unfailing love.

How have the words of wise people help you trust in the Lord?

Three Stranded Cord – September 3, 2019

Ecclesiastes 4.1-6.12; 2 Corinthians 6.14-7.7; Psalm 47.1-9; Proverbs 22.16

People who study these things tell us that people today feel more alone than any other time in history. While there may be many causes for this, the result of this loneliness may need to be our focus. The writer of the Ecclesiastes reminds us going at it alone can be dangerous, not to mention more difficult. Who have you surrounded yourself with who make up a part of your three-stranded cord?

Questions:

Have you ever felt like the world is in such poor shape that it would have been better to have not been born? How do we address this feeling of despair?

What reasons does Paul gives–or do you presume he thinks–as to why one should not team up with an unbeliever?

What has God done that makes you want to applaud him?

Would you agree that those who oppose the poor today end up in poverty? Why or why not?