After reading the book of Ecclesiastes the following themes should have come through.
Meaninglessness: The term ‘meaningless’ refers to the brevity of existence. There are things, like breath, that come for a moment an then disappear. Compared with the permanence of God and His creation we are meaningless and appear for a moment until we are gone.
Wisdom: Wisdom is a useful tool for analysis, but it does not enable you to beat the system. All the stories of people who find the source of never-ending life are just stories. We should be wise enough to see that in the day-to-day living of this life wisdom is better than stupidity, however, we should not think that our fate is then different from anyone else’s. We all die.
Living in the Moment: Life is best lived when we are fully present and enjoy the things that we have in front of us right now. We should remember that there is a God and live our lives accordingly. Things like family, friends, food and fun are to be particularly enjoyed.
Scan Ecclesiastes as a review:
- What things does the author count as wise?
- In what verses does the author call life meaningless, vanity, or passing?
- In which verses does the author remind us to enjoy life?
- What things are in your life that you must take time to enjoy?
- What vain things draw your attention from God?