The teacher in Ecclesiastes—who was most likely King Solomon—was on a search for the meaning of life “under the sun.” However, all his attempts to find meaning failed. He looked for purpose through pursuing wisdom (Eccl 1:12-14, 18), pleasure (Eccl 2:10-11), legacy (Eccl 2:18-20), wealth (Eccl 5:10-11), even children (Eccl 6:3-4)—among other things—and concluded all
Although Ecclesiastes is written from the perspective “under the sun,” you do see some glimpses of eternity. As I wrote in an earlier blog, Solomon did mention life beyond the sun, and how God put a longing for eternity in our hearts: He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity
King Solomon was searching for the meaning and purpose of life. Why go on living? What purpose does it serve? What’s to gain? What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun? (Eccl 1:3). But crucially, Solomon was looking for the purpose of life in life. But where?
What is the purpose of life? Why should anyone want to keep on living? Solomon was looking for meaning, for “profit”— What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun? (Eccl 1:3). Solomon started his search with wisdom, but found it only led to a great appreciation for
Where do you find true happiness? Where have you been taught to find it, by family, friends, church, school, and Hollywood? If anyone was in a position to discover the meaning of life, it was King Solomon, the son of David, supremely wise, and rich beyond comprehension (cf. Eccl 1:1, 12; 1 Kings 3, 10).
As I was making lunch, my son, Zane, came into the kitchen and asked, “Has it been an hour yet?” “An hour from when?” “No! Just, has it been an hour?” “From now? I’ll have to start counting.” “No from later.” “Well, if it’s an hour from later, then it hasn’t happened yet, because it’s