Humanity is easily distracted. The things we think are important are usually just things. We often spend our time doing things that don’t last. And all the while, the most important matters are often neglected.
The book of Ecclesiastes was written to a world of people (including Christians) who get distracted. The reoccurring word is “meaningless.” Possessions are meaningless; pleasure is meaningless; work is meaningless. In fact:
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless!”
Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, makes this grim conclusion because no matter what one accomplishes or acquires, death looms. Even before death arrives, Solomon realized that for every moment of success there are painful times of failure and trouble.
A major point that Solomon teaches in Ecclesiastes is contentment. Be content with your place in life. Find satisfaction now. Don’t imagine that you need more things or accomplishments to enjoy life; God may not allow you to achieve more or get more. So learn to be content and find satisfaction in your life.
The book builds up to the final verses. After lamenting the meaninglessness of life, Solomon says (12:13):
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
The solution to a meaningless life is to trust God and to obey his will. In this is a meaningful life! Regardless of your place or your work, a meaningful life is a life that focuses on God and avoids the foolish distractions of the world.
Take the time to read Ecclesiastes this week. The pointed observations of Solomon will help you to focus on what is really important.
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