Get The Facts
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV)
I have recently been reminded, again, to “get the facts.” We need to hear often, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.” Too often we rely on the opinion and commentary of others rather than the facts and the reality.
Focus on what God actually says. That’s the only way to stay with the truth.
Ecclesiastes Two Study Questions
Who is the richest person you have ever met? What were they like? What did they achieve? Do you remember something impressive about them?
What were Solomon’s specific achievements in this chapter? Which ones impress you the most?
How many times is the personal pronoun, “I,” used in this chapter? How many times is God referred to?
Can you think of a time when you found joy in the accomplishment of a simple necessary task? Cooking a meal? Mowing the yard? Why does it seem pleasant to focus on a task and enjoy its fulfillment? Does Solomon say that the goal of life is to live a simple life and enjoy it? Why or why not?
What do you think he means that God gives a person the ability to enjoy experiences and their station in life? Do some people find joy in everyday living while at the same time others experience frustration in the same level or achievement or financial status? What factors could be at play here?