- As we grow older it seems that our life gets tougher. Or is that the thinking of an adult over a child’s?
- Is it any different for one who is born again? How?
- Is or are a way or ways that one can learn from the generation that goes before them?
- What does the author say in verse 6?
- As the author closes the book he remembers where we came from and who the true Teacher is and what we should do. Summarize some of the things that you have learned, and how you plan to change your life with this knowledge.
- He is your Father or is He?
- How many times in business does a man prepare for the future without preparation? Do we?
- Do we chart a path or make goals or do we leave it to chance and say what ever God wants without asking?
- Do you change your mind because you think it is what God wants or is that an excuse that is given?
- Do you quit one thing and change just before your blessed because you think you hear a voice, but do you know your Father’s voice?
- When should one start to make preparation? And how?
- Are you rejoicing for what God is to bring forth?
- Why does a little folly do so much harm to one’s wisdom and honor?
- Why is the right hand over the left?
- How many times do you give up your post before all is out in the open and true?
- Using verses 8 – 10 has a guide, show how wisdom can bring success?
- How can words tell you the difference between a wise man and a fool?
- Is the answer to question 4 always true? Or can the answer sometimes be used against you?
- How do verses 16 – 20 relate to the people of Solomon’s time and also us?
- Which are we?
- How can we improve?
- In verses 1-3, how does the author view man’s destiny?
- Why does man have a problem with death?
- Do Christian’s have that same problem?
- In verse 7 what “works?
- What is the meaning in verse 8?
- Man says ‘you got to work’. “Got to make if you want happiness”, what does God say?
- In verse 11 & 12, the author paints a dar4k picture. Is he right or is there something else?
- From verse 13 – 18, the author has put in a little story. You might ask yourself, what is it about? How does it affect me (us)? And maybe, why does it get missed?
As you read one will notice that verse 1 has two important questions in it, who is & who knows? Why are these questions important to us?
- As you look at verses 2 – 5, you will see that there is a strong statement being made. What is it and why should heed it?
- Verses 6 & 7 speak of a certain time in every Christian’s life. One that each must go through. What is it? Why does one need to go through it? Is there a shortcut?
- If you look at the first part of verse 8, one can now understand those ads we see about psychics and why at the bottom is says for entertainment purposes only. Why do we not heed this verse?
- Why is their no discharge in that war?
- Why is man’s judgment so totally different?
- Looking at verse 12 one might be able to see where the saying “only the good die young” came from. Why do you think that might be?
- In modern times, man has moved away from God and by doing that has lost his fear of the Almighty. Should man be fearful or not?
- Looking at verses 16 & 17 one gets a glimpse into modern day life. Is it any different that it was or is it the same story but different players?
- What do you believe is meant by “Who can find it out?”
- Should we also know the reasons for wickedness of folly, foolishness and madness?
- Here in verse 26, the author talks about a Prostitute? In this day and age does it still run true or has it become a more dangerous situation?
- Who might become the one man in a thousand?
- What might be some of these schemes that man has sought out?
- Why do you think that good men die young and the wicked live so long?
- What does it mean to be be over righteous?
- What can one do to combat the meanings behind verse 17?
- What is the meaning in verse 18?
- In verse 20, the author takes a good look at what mankind is all about. In your own words describe what this means to and about you?
- Also what might you be able to do about it?
- After reading verses 21 & 22, how do you believe one should react and act?
Step 1: Surrender. Turn yourself over to God so that He can work in your life
Step 2: Seek to understand. Ask yourself and God what you can learn from the trial.
Step 3: Seek to grow. Ask the Lord to help you learn more about Him and His ways and
Step 4: Seek to enrich. Ask God to enable you to bear fruit in the lives of others as
a result of trials you have under gone. Actively look for opportunities.
Step 5: Seek to glorify. Become concerned about how you can magnify the Lord in the middle or aftermath of you’re adversity.
Hebrews 10:36 says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
James 1:3-4 says “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
(Ecclesiastes 7:9) talks about anger. Ephesians 4:26 states: “do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” I.e. Sleeping on it won’t help; you will wake up madder and angrier. Rather than expressing it wrongly or repressing it we should confess it and why. Remember the words in 1 John 1: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
James 1:5 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
- Here in the beginning of chapter 7 we see that Solomon is starting to climb upwards towards and back to the words of God. One should therefore look very closely to what he has to say to us and to both look at ourselves inside and how we look and act towards others. What Solomon is trying to convey to us are true words of Wisdom and how we can learn from them.
- As one starts to study these words, one should go slow so one can fully understand what they are studying.
- Looking at verses 1 & 2 we can examine how Solomon looked at a problem and possibly how we should too. Explain what you see and feel?
- Verses 3- 7, one sees Solomon is depressed but his outlook seems to be balanced as examines his heart. What can we learn from him here?
- In verse 8, the subject turns towards patience. This is a subject matter we all need to understand so that we can start to practice it correctly. What is the meaning behind what Solomon is saying here?
- How do verse 9 and 1 John 1:9 relate to one another? 1John 1:9 states; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- Verse 10 talks about not looking back. Philippians 3:13 says “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Why should we not dwell about the things in our past?
- Verses 11 & 12 talk about Wisdom, what should we learn from these verses?
- Look at verses 13 & 14 from the prospective of the first line in verse 13. What might we learn for ourselves and to pass on?
- What is the sum of the parts that when they are put together is considered the good life? Describe the parts? Possessions, etc.?
- Look at your answers to question 1. How are they different from what God says?
- Why as humans are we never satisfied?
- If we look at verses 3-6 we see the Old Testament definition of the good life. What has changed?
- In verses 7 – 12, how do you feel and view the questions that are being raised?