“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, ” completely meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 12:8.
Do you ever feel that way?
Obviously this emotion is spreading rapidly through our culture today as we see the suicide rates drastically rising and mass shootings multiply. To many people, tomorrow seems to be meaningless and not worth sticking around for.
“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Eccl. 2:11
King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes. He was uber rich and the wisest man who ever lived and yet, this is what he wrote at the end of his life.
Pretty depressing, isn’t it?
The futility of pleasure – fleeting and never gives us lasting contentment.
The meaninglessness of work – we put so much effort into work to achieve recognition and so we can own things we want – then we leave it all behind when we die.
The injustices of life – evil is very real.
The futility of wealth – those who love money will never have enough.
The limits of human wisdom – “wisdom is difficult to find.”
Death comes to all – “the same destiny (of death) awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad.”
At the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon finally gets to the good news. Solomon’s final conclusions tell us what will bring true meaning to our lives.
He says to enjoy life while obeying God – real freedom and happiness come exclusively from God. Evil and injustice will always in a part of life on earth. We should live in faith knowing God wins in the end and will judge all things.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, tells us that meaning and purpose will only be found by being faithful to God.
That alone is not meaningless.
Thank you for giving my life meaning and purpose, Abba Father.