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When Solomon summarized his thoughts concerning the meaning of life, one of the areas he addressed was the pursuit of worldly riches. While not fully resolving the issue, he lays before his readers some of the vanities of such a pursuit, as well as some of the dangers and warnings.
Solomon teaches how to find meaning in life. 1. Enjoy a God-centered life, avoid sin, and be aware of the future judgment. 2. Remember your Creator and redeem the time. 3. Fear God and obey Him.
It's tempting to read Ecclesiastes and only see despair. Solomon says we are just like the beasts of the earth, "All are from the dust, and to dust all return." So why are we here? God provides our purpose in everything we do. And he didn't intend for us to navigate life alone, but in relationships and community.
What do you busy yourself with? What do you value? Maybe what we spend our time on shows what we value. And maybe what we value doesn't really matter.
Renowned author Jim Harrison says, "The answer is always in the entire story, not just a piece of it.” That is certainly true of the Book of Ecclesiastes. If every pursuit is ultimately unsatisfying, what is the solution to life? What is the point of it all? The final passage of the book teaches us that we can find freedom from vanity by fearing God and keeping his commands. On this side of the cross, we understand this only happens through the gospel.
Using powerpoint & questions rather than a script, I tried at the LSE this week, to bring Prof. John Gray & the apostle Peter into conversation over the theme of hope.
We're all searching for meaning, purpose, and satisfaction in life? The Book of Ecclesiastes jolts us by declaring that all of life's pursuits are vain, meaningless, absurd, futile, and unreasonable. That is, every pursuit is pointless and unprofitable apart from God and his will for us. This series will show how Jesus makes all the difference.