Just finished reading Ecclesiastes this morning during “Coffee with the Lord.” Some like to refer to the book as the musings of “a backslidden preacher” – the reflections of an individual that has largely abandoned a God-centered focus in life and become occupied with nothing more than money, power, pleasure, and sex.
I disagree… although it records the vain and fruitless search for fulfillment in all of those things; it expresses wisdom “this side of heaven!” The writer has not lost complete sight of the heavenly perspective… He merely draws his conclusions based upon a largely worldly horizon. There’s good stuff in there… but there is always the sense that there is more!
So what was his conclusion once he moved beyond “the vanity of it all?” What’s the bottom line? Here it is…
“The end of the matter; all has been heard… Fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man!” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
I want to learn from the search (and mistakes) of the writer of Ecclesiastes! I have to tell you, I want the bottom line of my life to be reverence for the Lord and obedience to His word! I am convinced that is where “vanity” (an empty, fruitless, futile life-search) is overcome and significance, purpose and meaning in life are discovered. With God’s help I’m going to learn from the writer of Ecclesiastes!