TO LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE WITH GOD
The writer of Ecclesiastes and so it seems, a son of David and a teacher, claims over and over that everything in life is meaningless. In Chapter one, he claims,‘What has been done will be done again and so there is nothing new under the sun’. Throughout this writing, he is very repetitive and constant in his gloom and doom. In Chapter eleven, we are advised to cast the bread upon the waters for after many days we will find it again. ‘Give portions to seven or eight, for you do not know what disaster will come upon the land.’ What is being said here? Does he mean real bread because it would become water logged would it not? Does he mean food to prepare us for disaster?
Yet our God is acknowledged often in further chapters. In every Chapter, life, labor, virtue and the progression of existing daily is challenged as a meaningless condition, ‘Until before the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it.’Then again, the teacher says, ‘Everything is meaningless’. Fortunately, God concludes with this,’ Now all has been heard….fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man’. Our lives are never meaningless on our journey with God, in fact, quite the opposite.Take time to read Isaiah Chapter eleven, verse two: ‘The spirit of the Lord will rest on him (Jesse)-the spirit of wisdom and of understanding,the spirit of counsel and of power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord –and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.’ Then read verses three to six and rejoice in the words of God.
Every deed that occurs in our life is accountable to the Lord and therefore our hearts and prayers belong to him for judgement but not as in Ecclesiastes of the ‘Meaningless.
Far from it! MAY EVERY DAY BE MEANINGFUL FOR YOU WITH GOD.