The Meaningless & Mundane—The Almighty Dollar—Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:12…Handout

What do you really know about money? Is it cloth or paper? Does it have silk or metal? Is it’s length over, under, or at 6 inches? Another money angle reveals few things that cause a relationship to sour like money. Take personal debt. The average American has $________in personal debt. A recently published study revealed___% of Gen Xers &___% of Boomers divorced over money. Not knowing how to handle money can cause issues. Sure Jesus talks about money in___ of His 39 parables, usually as part of a bigger story, the Kingdom of God, with faith and hell rounding out the top 3. The Almighty Dollar: Problems, Purpose, and Pain.

1) Money_______(5:10-17) There are at least__problems with money. Problem #1—Always_____. No matter what we may start with it our appetite always desire more. Is that true for you? Yes / No. Ecclesiastes 5:10~He who loves money will not be satisfied…(ESV) Problem #2—More In—More____. Ecclesiastes 5:11~When goods increase, they increase who eat them…(ESV) When we get a raise, do we also increase our savings and giving? Yes / No. Problem #3–Getting More, Sleeping_____. Sometimes the more we get, the less we sleep. Why? Worry / Anxiety / Stress. Circle the which affects you. Ecclesiastes 5:12~Sweet is the sleep of a laborer…(ESV) Problem #4—Have More,  _____More. Problem #5—Got More,______More Not only will we leave everything behind, but Soly says we do this all of our days eating in darkness in much vexation, sickness, and anger. (16-17) 

2) Money’s________ (5:18-20) The Bible teaches God wants us to have money, but remember He gave it. Ecclesiastes 5:19~Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil…(ESV) Do you enjoy your work? Yes / No. Everything we have is a gift from God. Our family, friends, the community of faith, even our dogs, but we cannot truly and fully enjoy anything if we are not thankful to the Giver. Do you thank God for all He has done and continues to do in your life? Yes / No.

3) Money Pains (6:1-12) In chapter 6 Soly reveals the consequences of violating God’s principles and purpose for money. Here are____kinds of pain associated with money. Pain #1—Money Without________. When rich & famous people die, often someone they don’t even know ends up enjoying their wealth. (Ecc. 6:1-2) Soly says that even a wealth of kids, will not satisfy. A person can live a long life but still not find satisfaction in life. Even though he/she may live forever, Soly says they cannot enjoy their prosperity. Why?____________ unless we recognize that all our blessings are a gift from God, money will only pain us. Pain #2–Success Without __________. Ecclesiastes 6:7~All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. (ESV) Do any of you want anything? Yes / No. Ever been waiting for it to come and disappointed when it got here? Yes / No. The real trick is wanting what we have. Pain #3—Prosperity Without__________. Solomon says instead of trying to get God to change all of the good plans and good works He has for our lives, why not live in the purpose He created for us individually. Jeremiah 29:11.

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