The Futility of Materialism: Living for Now
Ecclesiastes 2:12-26

I. Wisdom vs. Foolishness

So I decided to compare wisdom and folly and anyone else would come to the same conclusions I did. Eccl 2:12 (NLT)

A. Wisdom is more valuable.

Wisdom is of more value than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. Eccl 2:13 (NLT)

B. The wise and the foolish have the same end.

For the wise person sees, while the fool is blind. Yet I saw that wise and foolish people share the same fate. Both of them die. Just as the fool will die, so will I. So of what value is all my wisdom? Then I said to myself, ďThis is all so meaningless!Ē 16For the wise person and the fool both die, and in the days to come, both will be forgotten. Eccl. 2:14-16 (NLT)

II. Uselessness of being a workaholic.

So now I hate life because everything done here under the sun is so irrational. Everything is meaningless, like chasing the wind. Eccl 2:17 (NLT)

A. Money: you canít take it with you.

I am disgusted that I must leave the fruits of my hard work to others. Eccl 2:18 (NLT)

B. Be careful who you leave it to.

19And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? And yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work. How meaningless! So I turned in despair from hard work. It was not the answer to my search for satisfaction in this life. 21For though I do my work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, I must leave everything I gain to people who havenít worked to earn it. This is not only foolish but highly unfair. Eccl. 2:19-21 (NLT)

III. Overworking leads to a painful life

So what do people get for all their hard work? Eccl 2:22

A. The workaholicís days are painful

Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; Eccl 2:23a (NLT)

B. The workaholicís nights are painful.

even at night they cannot rest. It is all utterly meaningless. Eccl. 2:23b (NLT)

IV. Enjoy work and its benefits.

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Eccl 2:24a

A. God gives the ability to enjoy pleasure.

Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? Eccl 2:24b-25 (NLT)

B. God gives wisdom, knowledge and joy.

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. Even this, however, is meaningless, like chasing the wind. Eccl. 2:26 (NLT)

V. Do everything for Godís Glory.

Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God. 32Donít give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. 33That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do. I donít just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them so they may be saved. 1 Cor. 10:31-33 (NLT)