Good Gifts and the Power to Enjoy Them

May 28, 2023    Trent Casto

This week as we resume our series in Ecclesiastes, I ask you to consider: Are you operating right now under the belief that more money will make you happier and more satisfied with life? Are you making decisions based on that assumption? Who told you that was true? Ecclesiastes shows us that wealth may be given by God, but satisfaction comes separately. Rather than wasting our lives toiling for satisfaction from wealth, we should trust God for our provision and rejoice in his gifts.

Sermon Outline:

I. Do Not Toil for Satisfaction in Wealth

II. Trust God for His Provision and Rejoice in His Gifts

III. Recognize that the Ability to Enjoy Gifts is a Gift

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever fell into thinking that if you just had more money, you could be truly happy? Is there any truth to that idea? What’s wrong with the idea?

2. Why can money and possessions not satisfy the desire of our hearts? How can we remind ourselves of this when we are so prone to forget?

3. How does God’s gift of his Son Jesus Christ enable us to enjoy God’s other gifts?

4. In 1 Timothy 6:6-10 the apostle Paul warns against the love of money. What additional insight does this passage shed on what we have seen in Ecclesiastes?

5. What do you need to confess to the Lord today and repent of? What gifts do you need to give him thanks for and enjoy?