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Ecclesiastes Devotional Guide: Week 8

*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 8- Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20

Nobody wants to be a fool. I cannot imagine someone reading the wisdom literature books in the Bible (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Song of Solomon) and believing that folly is better than wisdom. No one would rather play the fool than the wise sage. But do we show with our lives that we actually believe this to be true? Are we intentionally pursuing wisdom and choosing to live wisely or do we allow even a little bit of folly to creep in?

Solomon tells us in this section that wisdom is definitely better than folly, but it has its limitations. It does not guarantee us anything in life. Trials, suffering, and death come for the wise as well as the fool. Wisdom can produce a sweet smelling fragrance but it is susceptible to spoil (Eccl. 10:1). Therefore, don’t put your hope in wisdom because it cannot guard against these realities. Nevertheless, wisdom is still worth pursuing because, generally speaking, life will go well for the one who is wise. But more than that, wisdom honors God because it rightly recognizes the truth about who He is a