Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verses 1-8

  1. Have you ever been there when someone else came into and took over your job and you were told that you were fired? Or been emotionally involved with someone and then seen them with someone else and watch as they do not even acknowledge your presence? What and how were you feeling?
  2. Imagine having to go looking for a job in the same building that your recent ex works or even where you recently held a job for another business a few days earlier and you bumped into either your ex or your old boss or even the one whom just replaced you? How would you feel?
  3. Have you ever done what Solomon did in verses 2-3?
  4. How did you stop?
  5. In modern day terms can you rewrite verse 4 and also explain what it may mean?
  6. Verse 5 can and may have more than the meaning that is first noticed?
  7. How do you look at verse 6?
  8. As we look at verse 8 we see the unraveling of a very sad story or at least from a Christians point of view. Why is it so sad?

After reading and studying these 8 verses one can get a little down in the dumps mainly because mostly everything around us is looked at from the worldly viewpoint. Here are some pieces of scripture that might assist you in feeling and understanding a little more.

 

James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of you faith produces patience.

1 Peter 4: 12-13

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, for He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

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