Everything is Meaningless

ecc-1These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 NLT

This was written by the wisest man to ever walk the earth apart from Jesus Christ. He is King Solomon of Israel. He was tremendously wise, because God gave him this tremendous wisdom. And with this awesome wisdom, he concludes that life is meaningless. He will go on to write undoubtedly the most pessimistic book in all of Holy Scripture. Some, probably more liberal scholars don’t even recognize it as being God’s Word, because of how negative it is.

The point is that Solomon, a man full of godly wisdom, understands the utter futility of this temporal life. This life is just a means to an end. You will either come to know God, live under His Lordship, die and go to be with Him for all eternity, or you will live for yourself, never know Him truly, die and spend eternity separated from Him in tormented darkness.

A lot of American “Christianity” is about smiling, feeling good, and saying things like, “I’m too blessed to be stressed;” but is that reality? I don’t think so; and I believe God gives us a reality check, using the wise King Solomon to reveal the meaninglessness of everything, as revealed in the first verses of this poetic book of the Bible.    

Solomon concludes his writing by saying, “Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Therefore, we should conclude that no matter the futility and vanity of this life, we are to always fear the Lord and live obediently to Him out of love for who He is and what He has and continues to do for us.

The broken and fallen reality of this life should drive us full speed towards what is true about eternity. Our hope is not in this life, but the life to come, which can only become true for us, as we trust in God’s gracious provision of a Savior in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has saved us from many things, and one of those things is a life that is meaningless. Being with God in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21) will have nothing but meaning! Meaninglessness living will not be known at all to those who are citizens of heaven!

Glory to God alone!

J.D.N.

Comments

  1. Amen! Few discuss Romans these days and how we should act as Brothers in Christ. It is important we stay connected to other Christians to stay balanced, pick each other up and hold each other accountable. We do this so we don’t get lost in the world. All in love for our father and each other. Humbled in the word focused on what is to come serving God in all we do.

    Leo

    • Amen bro! Thanks for your input! Our meaning now is to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven and represent King Christ as we should, which means we should love each other, especially those who are followers of Christ in a most godly way. This can only be done by the Spirit of God making us more holy each and every day. We strive, while we trust!

  2. Ephesians 6 teaches us that we must daily put on “whole armor of God”.We must do this daily and to remember that we can’t do it by ourselves. Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. if

    Leo H

    • Truth, hope, faith, and the assurance of our salvation, allows us to battle the flesh, the world, and the devil (Eph. 2) every day!

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