Ecclesiastes Chapter One:  Meaningless 

So like the book of Proverbs, the book of Ecclesiastes is also written by Solomon. Now again, Solomon is one, if not the wisest, man who ever lived. So when I am reading this book, it really makes me stop and think. Now of course the Bible is the infallible Word of God, but just adding on the ideas that come from a very wise man, really makes you stop and think. Typically wisest man who ever lived means that he knows more than I do, so when I read Solomon’s thoughts, it puts everything into place.

Now the book of Ecclesiastes starts off in a very odd way…one of the first few lines reads, “everything is meaningless.” I don’t know about you, but hearing that is a little depressing. That everything we do is meaningless and there is absolutely no point in doing anything. Now after I read it a couple of times, a thought came and stuck in my mind. This actually is not that depressing, it’s actually a little relieving.

Now what could I possibly be talking about? First lets highlight a very important verse, Colossians 3:23, work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. With that verse in mind, take what Solomon said into perspective. Everything is meaningless. This is why I am trying and striving every day to put God first and do what He would have me do. 1 John 2:17, and this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. Why do we need things on this earth, why store things up here on earth. Matthew 6:19-20, don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 

So theses thoughts have come to me more and more here lately due to my job. The job I’m currently at, I don’t like it and I don’t enjoy it. But the one and only thing that gets me through the day, is to focus on my Heavenly Father, remembering that He has a bigger and better purpose for me. My job has changed a little bit because I am putting more focus on God and going to my job ready to work for Him and not just for people and the company. Why would Christ not be the focal point of everything in your life? Everything here on earth will pass away. 

Now of course we should work, the Bible is strong about working, and again working unto the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, those unwilling to work will not get to eat. But do you work to supply your needs? I believe we do to a certain extent, but God wants to be the One we place our faith in. Matthew 6:25-26, that is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? 

I believe Solomon paints a beautiful picture of how we are to look at life. Are our priorities in check? Do you live life waiting for the new fad that will be out tomorrow? Do you live life just to get up the next day and drag your feet going to work? Why? Live your life unto the Lord and allow Him to work and move in and through your life. 

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