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Ecclesiastes Devotional Guide: Week 1

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

*Every week during our 12 week series in the book of Ecclesiastes we will post a devotional guide for the passage that was preached on the most recent Sunday. We encourage you to engage this book of the Bible more fully by walking through this devotional each week after having listened to the sermon on Sunday.*

Week 1—Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Are you weary? As the new day dawns do you find yourself thinking, “here we go again”? As you meet a deadline only to have a new one replace it, do you sigh with exhaustion? Do you find the joys of a new device, product, experience, opportunity, or relationship fade far too quickly and you need something new or seemingly better to replace it? Does the weight of trying to prove that you are worthy of love and acceptance online wear you out? Does life sometimes feel like toil without progress? I can relate.

We can all at times agree with the words of the Teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes, “All things are wearisome, more than anyone can say” (Eccl. 1:8 CSB). We all experience these difficulties to varying degrees “under the sun”—in this fallen world where toil, trials, and trouble abound. Because of the presence of sin these frustrations affect us all. Bu