Ecclesiastes 3:22-23 – Will working harder make you happier?

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1‐3:22, 2 Corinthians 6:1‐13, Psalm 46:1‐11, Proverbs 22:15

Ecclesiastes 3:22-23 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

Context: Solomon is making it clear that everything under the sun is meaningless.  Meaning is only found in fearing and obeying God (12:13)


  • What do you have to show for hard work?
  • Even when you work hard you experience sorrow.
  • Even in the night you heart does not rest.
  • Hard work is vanity – meaningless.

Apply: I am type A.  I must live in the constant realization that working harder will not give me more meaning.  Only through responding to the gospel by fearing and obeying God will I find satisfaction.

How do you break away from the world’s view of work?


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