1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men— 2a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction. 3If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, “Better the miscarriage than he, 4for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. 5It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is better off than he. 6Even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not enjoy good things—do not all go to one place?”
7All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied. 8For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living? 9What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind.
10Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man? 12For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
- Myth of More 6:1-6
- Myth of Making It 6:7-9
- Myth of Mastery 6:10-12
- “If I only had _____________, I’d be happy!” What is your blank? How does sin kill our ability to enjoy what we have and keep us wanting something else? What would repentance and rejoicing look like? (v 1-6)
- “If I were only_____________, I’d be happy!” Why do we tend to believe we would be happier somewhere else doing something else? If I’m not happy where I am, I want to be happy where I will be. What area of contentment can you grow in today? (v 7-9)
- “If I could only control my_____________, I’d be happy!” Where do you tend to try to control? What have the results been? What would repentance and rest in Jesus look like? When you hear others say, “I’d be happy if only_____________,” how do you enter into that conversation to point them to Jesus? (v 10-12)