[PART 5 OF 12]
Read carefully the following words from wise King Solomon as he begins explaining his quest for meaning and purpose in life.
“What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:3-11)
Can’t you just feel the overwhelming sense frustration in Solomon’s heart as he pens those words? What Solomon has discovered about life, is:
You live, you die, and life just goes on as though you were never even here.
The sun rises and sets, the wind blows, the rain falls, the rivers flow.
You get old and die and nobody even remembers you.
There’s nothing new. It’s all just the “same old same old”.
And it’s all just wearisome.
Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I doing here? What’s my purpose?” Have you ever gotten to the point that you wondered, “What’s the use of even trying?”
Life can be very frustrating. That is exactly what Solomon was feeling, just like we sometimes feel. But have you ever gotten so frustrated and so tired of it all that the only thing you can think is, “I HATE LIFE”? Solomon got to that point. Look at Ecclesiastes 2:17.
“So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
I don’t get it. I mean, Solomon was smart, he was rich, he was KING!! How could life possibly be so bad for HIM that he hates life?
Sometimes when people get really frustrated with life, like Solomon was, and like you and I sometimes are … they start looking around to try to find some meaning in something. Surely there is something out there that is worth waking up for every day.
Part 1: “A Little Birdie Told Me”
Part 2: “Oreo Cookies and the Meaning of Life”
Part 3: “Introducing King Solomon”
Part 4: “King Solomon and the Oreos”
Part 5: “Something Worth Waking Up For”
Part 6: “Cha-Ching!”
Part 7: “Wisdom, Hard Work, Achievement”
Part 8: “Life is Good”
Part 9: “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Part 10: “Injustice”
Part 11: “Sorrow and Joy”
Part 12: “The Conclusion“