I recently finished questions for reflection to help study Esther 5-10. To review where I’ve been over the last few weeks along with a synopsis of the answers, I wrote a poem at this link: Lessons From the Book of Esther.
The next part of the travel will take me to Ecclesiastes 1-4. The book of Ecclesiastes deals with the feeling of emptiness even though God has given everything.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.
What is the background of the writer (1 Kings 3-4, 11)? What are Solomon’s intellectual, Material, aesthetic and spiritual resources? Would you say that this initial passage is a view of life with or without a living God?
To what extent is the search for knowledge for its own sake a legitimate pursuit for a Christian? Is the search for meaning satisfied by knowledge? How is the Christian supposed to use his mind?
Does this passage suggest there may be another vantage point from which to view life? Why does man seem to have lost his enjoyment of the creation? How is God related to pleasure? To wisdom? To work?
What are the dangers inherent in viewing life strictly from within the perspective of time? What element in man makes him different from the world around him (v. 11)?
To what extent is the element of competitiveness inherent in man’s nature? What are some ideas for how a society can set up a win-win situation for all people? What is the fatal flaw in a society with bad leaders remaining in power?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast