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Ecclesiastes Devotional Guide: Week 2

*Every week during our 12 week series in the book of Ecclesiastes we will post a devotional guide that week 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 2- Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26

Our culture is consumed with the idea of leaving behind a legacy after we die. We want our brief lives on this earth to be filled with meaning, and and so we strive to have something significant that outlasts us. We want our efforts to go into an account that has a surplus at the end of our lives that can be passed on to the next generation. We desire some sort of stamp of approval that says that our lives were not pointless. So, we pursue meaning and purpose in things like wisdom, work, possessions, and achievements. The hope is that what we gain in our pursuit will bring satisfaction in this life and that we can die happy knowing that we gained enough to benefit those who come after us—that we have a lasting legacy that will be remembered. But King Solomon in Ecclesiastes shows us the futility of such pursuits.