February 16 - A Better Way - Ecclesiastes 4:4-16
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This Sunday we will beginning a new Sunday School class. Ray Rutledge will be teaching on Biblical Stewardship. This class will begin at 10:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Dusadh Bahelia in India.
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor.
This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
Again, I saw vanity under the sun: one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that youth who was to stand in the king's place. There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
The preacher continues to instruct on wise living in a foolish world, marked by vanity and striving after the wind. While there are many options and choices to choose from the preacher tells us what is better. He says to seek contentment in life and work, strive for the joys of community, and look for God's approval over man's approval.
Review and Apply
In what areas of life do you struggle with envy? What has been the cost in striving after success in these areas?
How does the solitary life lead to dissatisfaction even in success (7-8)?
What are some benefits of godly companionship? Give an example of how you have been a friend to another.
Give an experience of the fleeting nature of seeking the approval of others? How did it disappoint?
What does it mean to seek God's approval? Why is it less attractive then the approval of our peers?