“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT)
For ages people young and old have been asking the question: “What is the meaning of life?” Many books have been written on the subject including Rick Warren’s book--The Purpose Driven Life, Dr. Hugh Moorhead’s – The Meaning of Life, and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s –Man’s Search for Meaning. Who of us hasn’t at one point in time inquired into the why of our existence?
Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, was born with a “silver spoon in his mouth” as the saying goes. His father, David was a noted politician and military leader. His popularity in Israel was unquestioned, and his achievement unmatched. After his death all this was passed down to his son, Solomon who became Israel’s second king.
The wisdom displayed by the King during his reigning years was unsurpassed. His fame and fortune brought rulers from many countries to hear of his wisdom including the Queen of Sheba. His crowning achievement was the completion and dedication of the glorious Temple of Israel. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could pronounce a “happy ever after” ending to Solomon’s life and the golden age of Israel, but it wasn’t to be.
Solomon’s devotion to God cooled as he indulged in creating a harem of foreign wives (700) and concubines (300) many of whom worshipped gods of wood and stone forbidden by God.
Ecclesiastes begins with a question and an answer: What is the meaning of life? He could just as easily have asked: Is life worth living? As he looks at the problem of life apart from God he comes to the conclusion from a human perspective that “Everything is meaningless…utterly meaningless!”
Ecclesiastes teaches us that life apart from Jesus Christ is lonely, empty, and filled with guilt. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can provide faith, forgiveness, belief, and eternal life. Anyone who lives his/her life apart from Jesus Christ will be asking the same question: What is the meaning of life? And receiving the same answer: Life is meaningless and empty.