Since the pursuit of wealth is vain, it is best to work diligently, invest wisely and entrust everything to God. In part 3 of Ecclesiastes: Two Ways of Living, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Ecclesiastes 2, 4-7, 10-11.

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Study Notes


  • Under the Sun
  • In Fear of the LORD

Wealth Under the Sun

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, 18-23; 5:10-17; 6:1-9

  • Pleasure is vain
  • Achievement is vain
  • Wealth is vain

Six Reasons Not to Pursue Wealth Under the Sun

  1. It is never enough.
  2. It attracts users.
  3. It keeps you awake at night.
  4. You can lose it all quickly in a bad investment.
  5. You can’t take it with you.
  6. It is a hard and bitter quest.

Wealth in Fear of the LORD

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26; 4:4-8; 5:18-20; 7:11-14; 10:18-20; 11:1-6

  • God gives joy
  • God gives wisdom
  • Wisdom in Toil
  • Work diligently
  • Invest wisely
  • Entrust everything to God

Applying the Text

Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19

  • Are you pursuing vain wealth or lasting treasure?