Work Well

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 2:18–23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. (v. 23) Work is a good thing. Our attitude, though, is to think it’s not. “Yay! It’s Friday!” “I can’t wait to retire.” But if we were to ask Solomon, “Why does work displease you?” he would respond, “I must leave it to the man who will come after me” (v. 18). As we look, though, through the lens of God’s eyes, …

See the Giver

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 2:12–17 The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them. (v. 14) One thing is real about every single person who has ever lived on earth. Everyone dies. The Wisdom Writer looked at death’s reality for both the wise and the foolish, and he wondered, “Why bother?” We hear those words expressed from people struggling to live in …

Busy or Still?

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 2:1–11 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. (v. 10) Mom heads out the door at 6 a.m. for the gym. Dad registers his son for summer baseball and agrees to help coach. The daughter heads to soccer, karate, ballet—and school fits in there too. Mom arrives at her job by 8, home by 5, dinner by 6, and church committee by 7. Dad gets home at 7 to tell his children about …

Accept the King

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 1:12–18 In much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (v. 18) King Solomon has been a “heart-active” king. As he says, “I applied my heart” (vv. 13, 17). He has declared his full commitment to be a good, wise king. He desired to teach his people how to live well. But Solomon’s wisdom surprisingly filled his heart with vexation. It seems illogical, but Solomon’s great knowledge led him to even greater frustration. …

Purpose

Bob James

READ : Ecclesiastes 1:1–10 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (v. 2) Ecclesiastes is a book of varied thoughts and a wide range of emotions. Its purpose is to lead one to the ultimate understanding that everything outside of God is meaningless. King Solomon, son of the famous King David, is generally considered to be the book’s author, the “Teacher.” Although a man of immense God-given wealth and wisdom, Solomon strayed from God’s ways. In response, …