The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Is life meaningless?
Is life just work, pleasure or sorrow?
Is your view “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”?
Or a cosmic joke of God who places us on this planet for his entertainment?
Thousands of years ago, someone has figured that out or at least tried. King Solomon, the richest and wisest king ever in Israel’s history, did it all to find life’s meaning:
Wine, women and song (pleasure) didn’t satisfy.
Hard work didn’t satisfy.
Study and wisdom didn’t satisfy.
Doing good deeds didn’t satisfy.
Power and riches didn’t satisfy.
Everything was found wanting and I guess he became depressed at the end of it.
And he ended with two conclusions:
1. Remember your creator in the days of your youth
2. Fear God and obey His commands
Only in God can we find meaning in life. God is the one that enables us to take pleasure in our lives!
With God, everything we experience comes into sharp focus, letting us see our gracious provider behind it all.
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.