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Monopoly: A Game of Time of Chance

A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfil it…”

In Chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon kicks off by reminding us to be serious with God (verse 1-7). He talks about not being quick to “…utter anything before God,” and letting our “…words be few…” before Him (verse 2). He paints this picture of a very serious God and then finishes with the words, “Therefore fear God,” (verse 7). It is important to remember that Solomon is far from God at this moment (1st Kings 11:4) and that his view of God is of one who is far away from Him.

We must read these verses while remembering what we have learned about God in other parts of the Bible: God says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things which you did not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3). The writer in Hebrews tells us that because of Christ’s sacrifice we can, “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).

Let not Solomon’s words create such a fear of God in us that we are afraid of approaching him with anything at all. He has done everything He can to make Himself approachable to us (Ephesians 2:13).

However, Solomon does raise a valid point though;

TAKE GOD SERIOUSLY

God is holy (Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 43:15). He lives in unapproachable light (1st Timothy 6:15-16). There is no one like Him (1st Chronicles 17:20, Jeremiah 10:6-7). He deserves respect and honor. Take God seriously is Solomon’s word to our generation; a generation that seems to have a “…form of godliness but denying its power,” (2nd Timothy 3:5). We know about God, we know a few of the things of God, yet all of this does not make us respond to God as we should, much less give Him the respect he deserves.

It is interesting that someone who was at their furthest from God, and was deep in depression, still found it important to take God seriously. Based on that, we must ask ourselves a few questions:

  1. Do we take God seriously? What actions are there to show that we do or don’t?
  2. Have we made any promises to God that we aren’t keeping? If there are, what are we going to do about them going forward from today?
  3. Do we worship God the way he wants us to worship him (John 4:24)?
  4. Do we acknowledge God in everything we do as the Most High and the Sovereign leader of our lives (Proverbs 3:6)?

There might be some of you out there saying, “I don’t even know God. How then can I start to respect or even worship Him as He desires?” The truth is you do know at least something about God; start there. Better yet, read the Bible, it is an introduction to who God is through the stories of how he worked in the lives and circumstances of different people. Better still, fill out this form to get someone who can help you know God and take Him seriously. We would love to help you do that.

In this year of Divine Appointments, I believe God is convicting us to take Him more seriously. I know that this always has good returns. The Bible says, “The people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits,” (Daniel 11:32KJV). It’s about that time. Let’s take God seriously.

Grace and peace fam.

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Monopoly: A Game of Time of Chance
A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes
Devotions

Ecclesiastes 4
“9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

So far, in the book of Ecclesiastes, we have learned from Solomon that all of life is meaningless without God (Ecclesiastes 1). We have also learned that there is meaning in learning about life from God and in enjoying life from day-to-day as God allows (Ecclesiastes 2).

Solomon has also helped us notice that there is a system in life that God has set up called TIME. The system works this way – there is a TIME for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). And this system is very significant because it gives us hope that no time is forever (especially the bad ones) and that God, “…will make all things beautiful in His time,” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
In Ecclesiastes Chapter 4, Solomon looks at all the injustices in the world; the hurtful things that people do to one another. He looks at those who are oppressed and mistreated by others (verse 1-3), he looks at those who work hard to try and outdo each other from a point of envy (verse 4), he looks at those who work very hard at the expense of their relationships with others (verse 7-9) and he looks at how society deals harshly with their leaders, both old and new (verses 13-16). In the midst of all this, Solomon has another hopeful realization in verses 9-12;

RELATIONSHIPS ARE MEANINGFUL

As Solomon looks at the whole spectrum of life, he realizes that it is better to do life with others than to do life alone. He saw some good in this connection with others; there was some meaning to life in it. He finds meaninglessness in the way different groups of people harshly treat each other, but he finds much good in the way two or more people connect, stand by and help one another.

No doubt, God was speaking through Solomon in this verse what He speaks through David in Psalms 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
As we take in Solomon’s lessons on life from Ecclesiastes 4, we are forced to look at our own lives and consider whether we have placed such importance on relationships.

And in a season when so many are focused on romance, it is important to clarify that Solomon is not talking about dating or romantic relationships per se, but of all types of relationships – family, friends, neighbours, classmates, schoolmates, workmates, teachers, leaders, bosses, colleagues… the list goes on and on. And from what Solomon has taught us so far, we must ask ourselves a few questions:

  1.  Are the people God has connected us to a priority for us? Do we value them as we should?
  2. Do we treat these people the way the Word of God outlines or not?
  3. Do these people lead us to the MEANINGFUL ways of God or the MEANINGLESS ways of life without God?
  4. Do we lead the ones we can to God?
  5. If there are some who lead us away from God, what can we do about it?

In this year of Divine Appointments, I believe God will work on us and the connections we have with those around us. Some of us will be convicted to start valuing people around us like God wants us to. Others will make a new connection – or have an old one restored – divine connection that will be a great blessing to their lives for a long time.

Others still will lose someone, a connection will be cut that will release them from a meaningless way. Then, there are those who have connections to people that they must endure, and God will give you the grace to treat them as you should and not be wrongly influenced by them.
Relationships are meaningful, and God is breathing divine life into our relationships this year.
Grace and peace fam.

Monopoly: A Game of Time of Chance

A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 2

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”

As we continue our Study in the book of Ecclesiastes, we turn to Chapter 2. In Chapter 1, Solomon told us that life without God is a meaningless cycle – much like playing Monopoly (a popular board game) without understanding the point of game.

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We realized that Solomon wrote the book from a place of deep darkness and distance from God. He was unhappy, depressed and trying to look for meaning in his life. At the end of Chapter 1, Solomon without saying it basically urges us to be OPEN to LEARNING about LIFE from GOD. And in our sermon on Sunday we related that with something else Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-8.

In Chapter 2, Solomon documents for us the great lengths he goes to, to look for meaning in his life. He does many things, and his escapades in verses 2-11 can be called “pleasure-seeking”; where the richest, wisest and most powerful man on the face of the earth denied himself nothing in order to see what was worth pursuing. What did he find? Nothing. Nothing at all was worth all his time, energy and effort. It was all meaningless.

PLEASURES without GOD are MEANINGLESS

In verses 12-16, Solomon looks at wisdom and again says of wisdom that it is meaningless, just like he said in Chapter 1. Verses 17-23 document for us Solomon’s sadness with life as he finds nothing worth his time and effort. However, in the midst of all this, he has a very great revelation, which is our highlighted verse for this chapter. Solomon finds that the best thing in life is to HAVE what you NEED (food and drink) and to ENJOY what you DO (work/toil), and that both these things are gifts from God (verse 24-25).

As we wrap up today’s study on Ecclesiastes 2 we ask ourselves 3 simple questions:

  1. Do we have what we need in life?
  2. Do we enjoy what we do every day?
  3. Who do we look for to give us what we need and what we should do?

I believe that Solomon, even in the midst of his depression and distance from God is able to see that God should be the principle person in everybody’s life, and everyone should get from God what they need and joy in what they do. Is God the principle person in your life? Have you come to him and trusted him to provide for you and instruct you? If not, start today.

Some of you might be saying that you have been trusting God for a long time and you still do not have what you need or you do not enjoy what you do. If that’s you, do not worry. Stay tuned. Chapter 3 will answer your questions for you. There is a Divine Appointment coming your way.