Ecclesiastes Study: Day 4

Day 4 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 4 (NASB)

1 Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them. 2 So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living. 3 But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.

4 I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind. 5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. 6 One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.

7 Then I looked again at vanity under the sun. 8 There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.

9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11 Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

13 A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction. 14 For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. 15 I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him. 16 There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.

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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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