May 8, 2018

Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 6

In Ecclesiastes 6 – Solomon continues to make his case that life without God is meaningless.  He uses several illustrations:

People who acquire great wealth and honor – everything they could ever want – but they die early and a stranger ends up enjoying everything.  Wealth without God is meaningless. (v.1-2)

A man has many children (100 of them!) and he lives to be old – but when he dies his children don’t honor him.  Family without God is meaningless. (v.3-4)

A man could live to be 1,000 years twice over – but still not find contentment.  Life without God is meaningless. (v.6)

Everyone spends their life trying to provide for themselves – the wise and foolish alike.  Wisdom with God is meaningless. (v.7-8)

Solomon teaches us several critical wise principles:

Enjoy what you have rather than desire what you don’t have.  Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless – like chasing the wind. (v.9) This reminds me of the teaching in the New Testament found in 1 Timothy 6:6. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

Solomon wraps up the chapter saying:

Our lives are like a shadow.  Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone? (v.12)

Reminds me of the words in James 4:13-14:

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 

  • What are you chasing that is meaningless?
  • What are some ways you try and live without God?
  • How can you make the most of today?

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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