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Finding Jesus in Ecclesiastes

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Do you ever feel like your life is meaningless?  Do ever feel like you are
stuck in the same daily routine, rarely, if ever, making a significant
impact on the world?   In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author ponders the
same questions, but not only for himself, but for every human alive.

In 1:3 he asks, “What profit has a man from all his labor in which he
toils under the sun?”  And he then proceeds to declare that pleasure is
meaningless (2:1), human wisdom is meaningless (2:15), political
popularity is meaningless (4:16), wealth is meaningless (6:2), and even
that all of life is meaningless (2:17).

As we look around at our own lives, I believe it is easy for us to ponder
the meaningless of our existence as well.  We work so we can simply pay
our bills to live.  We spend money on purchases we want, only to later
discover we will want something else.  We teach and instruct only for
people to forget again.  We mow the grass and it grows again.  We wash the
laundry only for the clothes to become dirty again.  We start life in
diapers, and in many cases, end life in diapers again.

Therefore, it would be easy for us to descend into a season of depression
with the writer of Ecclesiastes as we read this book in June.  However, in
his search for meaning in this life, amidst all of the meaningless
pursuits, he discovered the one thing that gives purpose to all that we
do: Fear God and keep His commandments (12:13).

Having a relationship with Christ swings the pendulum of our lives from
meaningless to meaningful.  Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10 that, “We are
God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do.” In Him, our actions go from having a
temporary impact to an eternal one.  In Christ, our words go from having a
mere impact on behavior, to helping produce long-lasting heart change.  In
Jesus, even our mundane tasks of mowing the yard and folding laundry
become opportunities to serve Him, to love our families, to grow in
discipline, and to be faithful in the little things.

Therefore, my prayer is that as we read through Ecclesiastes this month,
we would join with the author and see the meaningless of life apart from
Christ, how all of it is in vain.  But I pray that we would also see that
because of the new life we have been given through Jesus and his death on
the cross that now everything we do and say has purpose and value.  I pray
we would believe that so deeply that we are able to go back and read
through each chapter of Ecclesiastes and joyfully declare, “Because of
Jesus, this too has meaning!”  Praise God for giving us meaningful lives
through Jesus!