Today’s passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
- Verses 1-8 are the “Under heaven” part of the story. The “Above heaven” part will come next. Hope will come in the next passage.
- These verses are filled with beautiful poetry that is celebrated by believers and unbelievers alike for its artistry. It is meant to remind us of our limitations. It illustrates the vanity (Striving after the wind) of the first two chapters. This poem is not a celebration.
Questions to consider:
- Parts of this poem we may have some occasional control over. Parts of it, we do not. What is that constant element in this poem that we cannot control? What are the occasional elements in this poem we cannot control?
- Have you ever heard the saying, “If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”? What are the dangers of being positive about everything? Should we be content with the beauty of the poem, or should we be yearning for something of substance?