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?