May 29

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 5-7.

Highlights: Solomon continues his report on his quest to discover the true meaning of life. He reflects on the existence of  inequities such as oppression, injustice, and personal adversity.  A major topic in these chapters is man’s futile attempt to find meaning in materialism.

This section seems to reflect more on man’s relationship with God. Chapter 5 begins with a warning about being humble in our relationships with God and chapter 7 teaches us to seek the deeper lessons of life that make our heart better: “the house of morning” is better than the “house of feasting”,  “sorrow is better than laughter”, etc.

The teaching in Ecclesiastes regarding money and the things it can buy (5:10-6:9) is so relevant today!  Chapter 6: 7 says  “All the labor of man is for his mouth, And yet the soul is not satisfied.” Why are material things unable to bring us true satisfaction?  What are some reasons in today’s reading?


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3 Responses to May 29

  1. Jeff

    5:20- They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart. This is such a hard one for me. I often get so caught up worrying about tomorrow and wishing I could get back yesterday that I don’t allow myself to enjoy the moment I’m in. Certainly God has given me every reason to have “gladness of heart”

  2. Andrew

    Solomon realized that no matter how many possessions he built up he would lose them all when his life came to an end.

  3. Mary K

    I like the way Solomon describes why we are always dissatisfied if we seek contentment through things…eyes never seeing enough, ears never hearing enough, appetites that keep needing food, etc. If we stop there expecting these things to bring satisfaction, all we have to look forward to is frustration and disappointment. On the other hand if we find joy in what we do and who we are we will have contentment whether rich or poor. This joy is a matter of heart and obtainable through knowing and trusting God, who never disappoints.

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