• A Time for Everything

    Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

    There is a time for every season and purpose under heaven because the Lord determines it. Our lives and our world are not controlled by some impersonal fate but by the gracious God who has a plan that extends even ...Read More

  • Fearing God

    Ecclesiastes 11-12

    Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life because of our need to take a long view of things. It can be difficult to remain faithful in suffering or to spend hours ministering with little visible return. When we ...Read More

  • Hedonism

    Ecclesiastes 2:1–11

    Hedonism tends to say that the only pleasure worth having is sensual in nature. It is ultimately a futile pursuit, as Solomon says in today’s passage. We are made to have a relationship with an infinite being, and therefore ...Read More

  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    Ecclesiastes 3:9–15

    It has been noted that you “never see a u-Haul following a hearse.” Moving trucks do not follow people to the grave, for there is nothing that we own in this life that we can take with us when we ...Read More

  • Keeping the Pledge

    Ecclesiastes 5:4–5

    We are foolish if we think that we can make a lawful vow and then not pay it. God regards our oaths as sacred and will hold us accountable if we break them. Take some time today to consider the ...Read More

  • Made for Eternity

    Ecclesiastes 3:11

    Those who do not know the Lord are driven to despair by the finitude of humanity because they find no hope for making sense of it all. Believers, however, are driven to humility. We grow ever more content that while ...Read More

  • Measured Speech

    Ecclesiastes 5:1–3

    When we come into the Lord’s presence, it is particularly important for us to be purposeful about what we say and how we listen. We should come to corporate worship expecting a word from God, namely, the faithful exposition ...Read More

  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    Ecclesiastes 1:9

    As we begin our study of Ecclesiastes, take some time today to consider where you have turned to solve the basic questions of life. Before you knew Jesus, where did you look for meaning? Where do you look for meaning ...Read More

  • Pursuing Contentment

    Ecclesiastes 4:4-6

    Continually striving after more out of envy for one’s neighbor is a foolish endeavor. To do so, Ecclesiastes 3:6 says, is to strive after wind. After all, we cannot take our possessions with us. They are fleeting and ...Read More

  • Strength in Numbers

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    God saves us as individuals—I cannot count on anyone else’s faith in order to be redeemed. However, the Lord redeems us to put us in community. This happens preeminently in the church, where God provides the fellowship that ...Read More

  • The Common End of Man and Beast

    Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

    Knowing that we will die just like the beasts, when viewed in the proper context, frees us not to take ourselves too seriously. Death is the great leveler, bringing the end to influence of king and commoner alike. This does ...Read More

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Ecclesiastes 3:11a

    Although the subject is always deeply involved in any encounter with the arts, we must recognize that there is one ultimate standard of beauty—the Lord Himself. Scripture often speaks of the “beauty of the Lord” (Ps. 27:4), and ...Read More

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Ecclesiastes 3:11a

    The four standards of beauty all reflect God’s character. The Lord is simple — He is indivisible, each of His attributes affecting the others. God is complex, having many facets to His character. His creation exhibits proportionality: the abilities of ...Read More

  • The Futility of Life

    Ecclesiastes 1

    As Christians, we are to live life “under heaven” — aware of the Lord who sees us and who will render judgment on what we have done. This means we should be serious about learning His will and fulfilling it in ...Read More

  • The Hope of Final Judgment

    Ecclesiastes 3:16-17

    For believers, the knowledge that there is a day of perfect judgment coming fills us with hope. We understand that on that day everything will be set right. Every injustice will be overturned, and people will receive their due. Believers ...Read More