Ecclesiastes pt 1 – Desperately Seeking Wisdom

The book of Ecclesiastes is PERFECT for anyone who has become cynical about the world and about the purpose of being here on Earth! What on Earth are we here for anyway? More than 60 times in the book, the…

Ecclesiastes pt 1 - Desperately Seeking Wisdom

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The book of Ecclesiastes is PERFECT for anyone who has become cynical about the world and about the purpose of being here on Earth!

What on Earth are we here for anyway?

More than 60 times in the book, the word ‘Hevel’ is used to describe our experience of life. It is often translated ‘vanity’ but the meaning is closer to ‘smoke’ or ‘vapor’ as in ‘impermanence’. Life is ‘change’.

If Life is always impermanent and subject to change, how then should we live?

His conclusion is that most ‘things’ that people pursue are ultimately a waste of time. We do well when we:
1) Are grateful for every small and great thing we could enjoy;
2) Enjoy our work – do work that satisfies us;
3) Do good!

These things will pass away too – but they make the journey more pleasant!

We could say that the return on investment on a life invested in wisdom, kindness, and deepest respect for God will be a better return on investment than a life lived in self-indulgence. No guarantees, but better odds!

The passage I focus most attention on today is that famous one that assures us there is a season for everything – even the bad and sad stuff like weeping, sorrow, loss, and war.

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