Ecclesiastes Study: Day 3

Day 2 of Ecclesiastes

If you missed day one you can go to it here.

We’re reading through and studying Ecclesiastes together. For the next 12 days check back for the discussion questions and prayer prompts.

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Ecclesiastes 3 (NASB)

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man
11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. 15 That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

16 Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 17 I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,” for a time for every matter and for every deed is there. 18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, “God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts.” 19 For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. 21 Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 22 I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?

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  1. What 1 or 2 verses stood out to you most while reading this passage?
  2. How would you summarize this passage or write it in your own words?
  3. What does this passage teach me about God or His character?
  4. Does this chapter challenge me? How so?
  5. How can I apply this chapter to my life TODAY?

Share the questions # and your answer in the comments below. Or do you have other questions? Something you don’t understand or doesn’t quite make sense? Do you have any prayer requests?

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For our prayer time, you can write your prayers out or just say them in your head or out loud. It doesn’t matter, He just wants to have a relationship with you and that’s hard to do without communication. Whatever you are comfortable with and He has called you to.

If you haven’t ever prayed before other than the giving Him your life…which in a lot of cases were “repeat after me” situations here is a good and simple way of going about it. It’s called ACTS: A-Adoration: Tell God how awesome He is and say praises to Him (or sing ’em your by yourself with Him, why not? He loves a joyful noise) C- Confession: what do you need to confess to Him today? Tell Him and confess your sins T-Thankfulness: Tell Him why you are thankful today? Even in our valleys we can find something to be thankful for and we should tell Him. S-Supplication: Ask Him for help or guidance or wisdom. Make your requests know to Him. Even the craziest of things…He wants to hear them from you.

At the end of the day, just spend time talking to Him. We serve a relational God who cares for us and wants & always has time with us.

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P.S. If you like journaling….this is a great place for you to see your prayers answered. As you go through the study or in a year or whatever. If you are a writer, then writing your prayers and discussion answers is fun and when you look back it’s pretty awesome to see how God moves and grows you.

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Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:11

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