Reflections on Ecclesiastes 1-3

Three Passions

The writer speaks of vanity, and the true source of enjoyment.

  • Vanity – The writer sought wisdom and knowledge (1:16-18), pleasure (2:1-3), great works (2:4-6), and great possessions (2:7-8). Yet his conclusion is that in and of themselves, these things are meaningless, a striving after the wind (1:17-18, 2:11).  In what ways are you seeking meaning and satisfaction in these areas?
  • God’s gift of enjoyment – While work and food on their own cannot bring satisfaction, we can enjoy these things. This enjoyment comes from the hand of God as a gift to us (2:24-25, 3:13).  How has God enabled you to find enjoyment in daily life?

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