Children’s One Year Study Thru The Bible – July 10, Ecclesiastes 2, Meaningless Pursuits

This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Ecclesiastes 2) while we focus in on just a few verses.

Background: The book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, is an exploration of what in life is meaningful and what is meaningless.  Solomon tried everything to find true meaning and satisfaction in life and came to some surprising conclusions.

You might be surprised by the things that Solomon found gave him no meaning and satisfaction in life.

Ask the children…

What were some of the pursuits that gave Solomon no satisfaction?

“Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?”  (Ecclesiastes 2:2))

“I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees.” (Ecclesiastes 2:4)

“I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces.” (Ecclesiastes 2:8 )

“So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness,”  (Proverbs 2:12)

And what was King Solomon’s conclusion after pursuing pleasure and work and treasure and great learning?

“But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

None of these things by themselves will ever bring satsifaction.  They are meaningless.  But to give you a hint at the rest of the story, Solomon did find something (someone) that he could find his ultimate satisfaction in and that would make everything else have meaning. I will share it in tomorrow’s devotion, you can discover it yourself if you keep reading Ecclesiastes.

Ask your children what the world tells them everyday is the source of happiness and satisfaction?  How do those pursuits compare with Solomon’s list?  Take some time to thank God for showing us what gives real meaning to life and ask God to make that our hearts desire.

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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