• Pursuing Contentment Devotional

    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 impermanent. We will give them up when we die, or they may otherwise end up in the hands of someone who has not worked for them (Eccl. 2:20–21). The answer is not to throw up one’s hands and give up working; the answer is to pursue contentment in God and His provision. View Resource

  • Strength in Numbers Devotional

    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 we need in order to grow and thrive. We cannot be lone rangers and expect that our faith will thrive. Are you seeking to build community in your church? Are you making time regularly to fellowship with the Lord’s servants? View Resource

  • The Vanity of Political Power Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

    Over the centuries, understanding the fleeting nature of political power has helped the church to stand firm in the midst of persecution. When one understands that the rulers of this earth have influence and might only temporarily but that God’s reign is eternal, it is much easier to stand firm in God’s truth when this world demands that we deny it. We are citizens of “a kingdom that cannot be shaken,” and our faithfulness in suffering carries with it an eternal reward. View Resource

  • Measured Speech Devotional

    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 of the Scriptures. Moreover, we should pray to the Lord with words carefully considered. We are to be quick to listen and slow to speak, responding to God thoughtfully that we might love Him with all of our hearts and minds. View Resource

  • Keeping the Pledge Devotional

    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 oaths you have taken and ask yourself if you have fulfilled them. If not, repent today and then begin to do what is necessary to fulfill your oaths. In doing so you will affirm the sanctity of truth and live out your confession of faith in our God and Father. View Resource

  • Money and Satisfaction Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 5:10–12

    Money cannot finally satisfy those who love it because it represents that which is created, and that which is created cannot fully satisfy human beings, for we have been created to enjoy the infinite God. Nevertheless, money plays an important role in God’s providence. Through the financial sacrifice of His people, the Lord funds the work of His church in making disciples of all nations. Are you contributing to the church’s ministry? View Resource

  • Enjoyment in Our Toil Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 5:18–20

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those that cheerfully use what God has given them thereby honor the giver, answer the intention of the gift, act rationally and generously, do good in the world, and make what they have turn to the best account, and this is both their credit and their comfort.” If we would honor the Lord in all things, then we must endeavor to rejoice in our labor. By His Spirit, He will grant us peace and contentment when we seek Him. View Resource

  • An Unsatisfied Appetite Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 6:7–9

    Those who live in societies that are characterized by great wealth and abundance must take special care not to make gods out of their appetites. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but if we think those nice things will make us content, we will never find ourself in a place of happiness. The more that we own, the greater the temptation to make what we own the source of our contentment. But Christ alone can satisfy us permanently. View Resource

  • The Worth of a Good Name Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:1

    Many people who have a good reputation do not deserve it, for they live as impenitent hypocrites. Our remaining sin means that we will never fully live up to the good opinions others may have of us, but that does not mean we cannot have a good reputation that we do, in fact, deserve. Let us strive to develop a heart for God and a love for righteousness that will give us good reputations, not for the sake of the reputations themselves but for the sake of pleasing our Creator. View Resource

  • Wisdom Through Suffering Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:1-13

    In his novel Redburn, Herman Melville writes, “Not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys, will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.” Though Scripture is clear that suffering in itself is painful, it is also plain that the Lord has a good purpose in our pain, using it for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). Hurting itself should not make us glad, but we should rejoice in suffering, for we know that God uses it to perfect us. View Resource

  • Mirth and Mourning Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:2–4

    Although the many entertainment options we have today are not inherently bad, they might get in the way of sustained, biblical reflection on the things of God if we are not careful. That is why we must take time on a regular basis to meditate on Scripture and what it tells us about the Lord and His ways. May we find ways to spend this time of meditation on God and His gospel of salvation, always being careful to use His Word as our guide. View Resource

  • The Virtue of Patience Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:8–9

    Impatience can lead to frustration, which can lead to anger. Cultivating a patient spirit by focusing on the promises of God in His Word and the work of the Spirit of the Lord will lessen frustration and reduce the anger that is the mark of the foolish heart. This is a vital task, for unrighteous anger is the root of many other sins. May we seek the Lord’s face in our suffering, trusting in the promises of God that we might endure in patience and love. View Resource

  • The Days of Prosperity and Adversity Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:14

    As we grow in faith, we should find ourselves increasingly aware that our hard days are from the Lord no less than our good ones, and we should be thanking Him for bringing trials into our lives through which He works to conform us to the image of His Son. Are you enjoying prosperity at the moment? Rejoice, then, in what the Lord has given you. Are you facing hardship? Know that God is working for your good, and He will use your difficulty to advance His kingdom. View Resource

  • The Vain Search for a Righteous Man Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:20

    The Old Testament Wisdom Books, including Ecclesiastes, tend to draw conclusions by observing the world around them. Today’s passage shows that the doctrine of total depravity can be arrived at simply by observing the world and its people. Clearly, we can find no person who has never sinned. We can therefore appeal to an individual’s innate knowledge of his own imperfection when we are sharing the gospel. And we should be quick to confess ours as well. View Resource

  • The Things People Say Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:21–22

    Harsh words spoken against us are hard to bear, but as we have seen in Ecclesiastes 7:21–22, we have to develop discernment regarding when to take these words seriously and when we should ignore them. We should also keep in mind our own tendency to speak ill words against others so that we will refrain from gossip. Moreover, may we extend the same grace to those who apologize for what they have said about us that we would want them to extend to us for our sinful speech. View Resource