Monopoly Devotion; Ecclesiastes 2

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.

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