If we take Solomon's counsel to heart, two are better than one, we learn how to survive lonely, desolate days.
Our world desperately needs models worth following. Authentic heroes. People of integrity whose lives inspire us to take God seriously, to follow His Word obediently, to pursue Christ passionately.
Thankfully, the Bible places before us a spiritual "hall of fame"—raw, uncensored, gritty stories of men and women sometimes soaring, often stumbling, through the incredible life of faith. They wrestled with sin, experienced God's grace, struggled with weakness, and overcame by faith. Their inspiring biographies have been memorialized in Scripture, not simply because of their faith in God but because of God's faithfulness to them.
These great lives from God's Word not only provide realistic portraits for appreciation but also relevant principles for application.
It's lonely at the top. The dream of climbing the ladder to success is more often than not a distress-ridden nightmare.
In the final paragraph of Chapter 3, Solomon is alone with his thoughts. He admits his disillusionment and confusion.
The interlude in Ecclesiastes 3:11-15, though brief, brings into perspective several things Solomon had missed in his search for purpose and direction.
While we are always on the brink of change, Ecclesiastes 3 draws out two questions that must be addressed.
With disillusionment and despair casting ever-enlarging shadows across his path, Solomon begins to intensify his reactions in Ecclesiastes 2:12-26.
Solomon fell for the sensual lure of self-gratification. He landed in the pit of emptiness.
Life to many people is nothing more than chasing excitement to combat monotony. Such is the bold, dreary message of Ecclesiastes 1.
Ecclesiastes is not only the story of one man's experience but of all who attempt to live their lives apart from God.
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is disillusioned and downcast. How did God deal with His broken servant? Elijah's story helps us understand how we can handle those days when we, too, get discouraged.