Why should anyone read the book of Ecclesiastes?
Because the word Ecclesiastes means “one to convene an assembly.” Apparently, King Solomon, the author, had something to say so he convened an assembly. What was his message?
Here’s a clue:
- The word “meaning” is used 36 times.
- The word “time” is used 22 times.
- The word “wisdom” is used 25 times.
Ecclesiastes feels like a bad news/good news story. More often than not, Solomon’s words sound like a lot of bad news.
Everything is meaningless.
There is nothing new under the sun.
When I looked, I saw all the oppression that was taking place.
However, if you are willing to dig, you will actually discover good news too.
God has made everything beautiful in its time.
Everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing
taken from it.
The word meaningless in Hebrew is hebel. It is defined as “a vapor or breath; something that does not last.” By using this word, Solomon is reminding us the things we spend our time doing — work, health, pleasures, worldly treasures — do not last on this earth.
If you try to make a list of the things on this earth that are forever, it will be difficult to find much of anything that truly lasts. This sounds like bad news.
Thankfully, Solomon’s message tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts reminding us our relationship with God lasts forever! And this is good news!
It is true, life will have obstacles and challenges which sometimes make it a struggle to find meaning and purpose. The wisdom found in the book of Ecclesiastes encourages us with this truth:
We find true meaning when we put our faith in God.
As you read Ecclesiastes, ask God what He wants you to know about Him by reading this book. Jot down what you discover about true purpose and time well-spent while on this earth. I think you’ll be surprised by the gems you find in this ancient book of wisdom.
“I know that everything God does will endure forever, nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will revere Him,” (Ecclesiastes 3:14).
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