The writer of Ecclesiastes lets his mind wander through what it would be like to chase after all the things that the world has to offer. He imagines what it is like to have great wealth, to have knowledge, to have eternal youth. So where do we find meaning in a life that passes so quickly? We must focus on the present moment that is given to us by God. What we do now will determine the future and reshape the past. In this moment we should look to God and consider him. Life is meaningful as we are fully present and God is fully present with us.
9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.[b] 12Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
- What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
- How is the making of books described?
- What is the end of the matter?
- How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
- What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?