Ecclesiastes chapter one devotional


Verse one of chapter one tells us that this chapter at least (if not ALL of Ecclesiastes) is words from “son of David, king of Jerusalem,” which would be King Solomon who is proclaimed as the wisest man that ever lived.  Remember he was praised for asking God for wisdom…


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There are a few passages that stuck out to me upon reading Ecclesiastes chapter one.

The first verse to grab my attention is

Ecclesiastes 1:18~  For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

This reminded me of the cliche:

Ignorance is Bliss 2

There really are so many examples of this in life, I am sure that you can relate!  You have probably observed a happy joyful soul with a very simple mind, before and noticed that with the disability there was also blessing. Caring and responsible individuals  oversaw and tended to  needs and a joy was visible, as realities and pressures that may  bother the rest of us, are not fathomed in their mind.

Sometimes we wish for such simple joy and happiness un-dimmed by worldly matters, that the simple mind does not even comprehend.

The whole rest of chapter one seems to poetically and eloquently describe the futility of man’s existence, which by verse 18, I would say that Solomon found a bit depressing, but the transverse futility of man’s existence highlights our HOPE!

This world, this life, IS FAST, FLEETING, with many cycles and ways repeating, and we are but a speck in matter and time, but GOD.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

And we are so blessed that we have the New Testament to teach us more, reveal more, about our great and magnificent HOPE that is in Christ Jesus our Messiah, our savior.

In the middle of King Solomon’s words in chapter one, is another verse that stands out to me:

Ecclesiastes 1:11 ~ There is not remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

In the eternal sense this is comforting because it could be an interation of what we are told  in the New Testament about there being “no more tears” in Heaven.  As so many other things of this life, this earth, also our pains and fears and regrets are temporary if saved in Christ. In Heaven these tearful matters will be no more remembered.

If this verse refers to the present world, then to me it is also comforting, in that each generation has its own experiences, challenges, hurts, pains, joys and celebrations.  This is God’s design.  His pursuit of each of us is individual to the unique person that we each are, and I am grateful for this.

Acts 10:34 ~ …God is no respecter of persons

From generation to generation, God sees us as we are, with out prejudice or unjust perception.  He and He alone knows the full truth.

Yes that could be scary, but I am righteous through the blood of my savior, and you can be too:Romans 10_9...that if thou confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved

If this devotional helped you delight in God’s word today, please share this blog post and tell others about our sharing for Christ ministry at Telling Hearts. Thank you.

Tammy SD sign-off




  1. Your first verse reference made me think of a situation my husband and I have been in lately…how the fact that we had heard/observed so much made us unable to move forward with a group of people, as opposed to most others in the group who did not know as much as us. It has been a very grievous situation!


  2. I understand Malinda, and as far as making friends goes, I have learned to not sweat it, and trust God and follow my gut. If I am putting God first and it doesn’t happen (friendship) with someone, then it wasn’t/isn’t in God’s plan. He does always give me the most WONDERFUL friends! Thanks for visiting Malinda. hugs


  3. Ecclesiastes 1:18 has stuck out to me lately. I am encouraged to see a devotional on Ecclesiastes, I don’t run into those often! 🙂 Thanks for posting this.


  4. Tammy, as always your writing speaks right to my heart. Its so God that I read this. Because God just recently spoke to me about how I need to be able to ‘see’ things and ‘know’ things from Him and not fear it or run from it. Thank you so much for you heart when you write! ❤


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