At the heart of the message of Chapter 5 is a calling to listen to God. To fear and obey Him. To find our gladness in the good stewardship of what He has given. Work can be a distraction or a blessing. Wealth can be a distraction or a blessing. The same for sacrifice. Actions and attitudes are meaningless in and of themselves. They are vanity. But in obedience to God and in response to the gifts He has given, the very same actions and attitudes are transformed into something good. Something meaningful.

This chapter begins with a set of warnings about the kind of vows and sacrifices we present to God. It goes on to warn about wealth and our obsession with money. When we try to repurpose the tools, opportunities, and resources that are supposed to spur us toward faith, we pervert their designed intention and undermine their effectiveness.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

When we approach God, we ought to do so with a pure desire to listen and obey rather than seeking ways to get God to do our bidding.

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7

It is foolish to make careless oaths to God. Keep your word.

Ecclesiastes 5:8

Bureaucracy contributes to injustice.

Ecclesiastes 5:9-12

A love of money and dependence on wealth robs the rich of contentment. Rather, work leads to contentment.

Ecclesiastes 5:13-17

Hoarders refuse to face the reality of death. This evil harms not only the hoarder, but also succeeding generations.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Life is not meaningless or joyless. Joy is something we can choose.