Solomon was a wise king who shared his wisdom with others. In the book of Ecclesiastes, we see that without God, life is meaningless and has no purpose. God created everything for His glory, and He gives everything a purpose through His Son, Jesus Christ. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Life has purpose only with God.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Ecclesiastes 1:1-11. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Solomon was the king of Israel. God gave Solomon wisdom, and Solomon shared his wisdom with others. He made wise choices and spent a lot of time thinking about life.
Solomon wrote down his thoughts about life, and we can read them in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon thought about what life would be like if God did not exist. These are some of the words King Solomon wrote.
“Apart from God, everything is meaningless. Nothing has meaning.”
“Apart from God, does anyone have anything to show for their hard work? People are born, and then they die. The world is still the same.” Everything is temporary; nothing lasts forever.
“The sun comes up and goes down. It comes up again, and then goes down again – right back to where it started. The wind blows to the south, and then to the north. The wind blows around and around. All of the rivers flow into the ocean, but the ocean never gets full. So the rivers keep flowing.” There is always more work to do.
“Apart from God, everything is so tiring. We keep looking and we keep listening, but we are not satisfied.” Only God truly satisfies.
“Apart from God, nothing on earth is new. There is nothing new under the sun. No one can say, ‘Look! This is new!’ because it was already there, before we were even born.”
“Apart from God, no one remembers the people who were born long ago. And even the people who haven’t been born yet will not be remembered by the people who are born after them.”
Solomon thought about all of these things and he said, “God knows everything and will judge the good and the bad. Respect and obey God.” This is what life is all about.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- In what Book of the Bible are the words Solomon wrote as he thought about life? (Ecclesiastes)
- Who makes life make sense? (God)
- Who gives life meaning? (God)
- Who is the only One who can make us truly happy? (God)
- Does anything new ever happen? (no)
- Who knows everything? (God)
- Who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes? (the Teacher, the son of David, Solomon)
- What does Solomon say about life at the beginning of the chapter? (everything is meaningless)
- What do you think meaningless means? (useless, unimportant, not successful, no purpose)
- Who gives life purpose? (Life only has purpose with God.)
- How many new things are there under the sun? (no new things)
- Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God gives us purpose. God created everything to give glory to Himself. Jesus gives us a reason to live. Jesus came so we might live for Him.
Apart from God, life does not make sense. God created everything, and He gives everything a purpose. Jesus gives us purpose for living. Jesus came so that we might live for Him and have full, meaningful life.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, ask God to help you to trust Him when life gets hard, sad, or scary. Praise Him that He created us and everything around us, and that He gives us purpose. Praise God that He is the only One who can make us truly happy, and that He is good. Pray and ask God to help us bring glory to Him in everything we do.