The most disturbing aspect of Solomon’s writing is looking at life and trying to find meaning separate from a relationship with God through Jesus. Nothing in life will bring fulfillment without the eternal perspective of Jesus bridging the gap between God and humanity.
Read: Ecclesiastes 6
I find that I agree with Solomon. There really is no purpose to be born at all if my greatest good is to achieve great wealth and honor. It all disappears immediately when we die, and we will all die. So, there has to be more than what we experience here on this earth. Hang in there with me, because he eventually makes a beautiful discovery regarding the meaning of life.
But for today, my take-a-way is verse 9:
Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.Ecclesiastes 6:9
Too often, I long for what I don’t have. And then when I do have it, it doesn’t bring the joy I anticipated. I would have been better off without it – whatever “it” is.
What about you? What stands out to you in today’s reading?