Monopoly Devotion: Ecclesiastes 4

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.

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