Ecclesiastes 9: Why Try?

What a seemingly sad chapter! If you’re having a sunny, delightful day, you can expect this chapter to bring by a rainy and dark, cloud. But, as always, there’s something more. Some hidden gems we can take away and sew into our lives, making our walk that much more secure in God. Read chapter 9 here!

Verses 1 to 9…yikes.

“Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.” Ecclesiastes 9:3b


It’s good though! The message thus far in this chapter has been that life is brief (we knew that), life is often unpredictable (we knew that too), and it’s good to enjoy what you have (thank God, we knew that one!).

But when it says, “It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man (and woman) who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice…” (9:2) it feels like, “Hm. So, it’s all the same ending for everyone. Why try hard to be better? To do good? To be different from those who do wrong and indulge?”

We can see this is strong evidence that God is just; that He shows no special favoritism on any people group, gender, denomination, socio-economic status, etc.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
“‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?”’ Matthew 20:15
We know God is urging to make the most of our time on Earth by choosing Him, by choosing to ask for wisdom (see chapter 8 of Ecclesiastes), and by making the most of every moment.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might;” Ecclesiastes 9:10



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