Questions for Reflection to Help Study Ecclesiastes 9-12

I recently finished questions for reflection to help study Ecclesiastes 5-8. To review where I’ve been over the last few weeks along with a synopsis of the answers, take a look at a post at this link: answers as we step ahead.
 
The next part of the travel will take me to Ecclesiastes 9-12. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to post about the journey and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.

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Ecclesiastes 9
Passage Lookup
How does the sovereignty of God lend meaning to your life? Characterize your sense of urgency about your mission in life.
 
Ecclesiastes 10
Passage Lookup
What inclination of the heart is related to your ability to resist evil? What is recommended when we are confronted with evil in high places? Why?  Contrast the manner of a wise man and a fool. What are your responsibilities in balancing talk and action?
 
Ecclesiastes 11
Passage Lookup
To what extent do you act out of love, without concern for return? Why? In what areas should you apply caution before taking a risk? What is the danger inherent in delaying generosity?
 
Ecclesiastes 12
Passage Lookup
Have you resolved to follow God? Why or Why not? List your own and the author’s conclusions about wisdom.
 
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.
 
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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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7 Responses to Questions for Reflection to Help Study Ecclesiastes 9-12

  1. Ecclesiastes 11’s question is one that we should constantly be asking. Glad you posted it. Doing things: loving, working, serving, etc. without expectation of something in return can be a foreign concept to us at times, doesn’t it seem that way? If we could all do something every day with no thought of getting something ‘back’ for it in the tangible sense, this world would be a far better place. Thanks for the reminder, my friend. Have a good weekend.

    • Mark Shields says:

      It sure would be a better place if we could all do something every day with no thought of getting something ‘back’. Thanks for sharing Brian and you have a good weekend too.

  2. Rene Yoshi says:

    The sovereignty of God is a huge subject and has a major impact in how we live our lives, including the notion that He has a specific plan for our lives. I do not claim to understand the tension between the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, but I once heard an illustration that kind of helps understand His mysterious plan and how His sovereign will and permissive will act together. There is no question the Bible teaches that God has a big picture plan that involves His entire creation, including the angels. So imagine God’s plan involving His sovereign will (represented by a basketball) with innumerable BB’s inside, (human will & responsibility) being shot up and into a basketball hoop (representing the goal or culmination of His plan). The BB’s have to go wherever the basketball goes, because they are inside, and regardless of how they bounce around within the basketball, they cannot escape or go outside of it.

    Those who teach hyper-Calvinism, leave some people confused and hopeless, while others become prideful. Those who teach hyper-Arminianism lessen God’s majesty, mercy and grace, and gives man an inflated sense of self-importance.

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