As we studied Ecclesiastes, I think we saw what is most meaningful in this life. This book of Solomon’s shows how he search for meaning and fulfillment in many things :education, knowledge, entertainment, physical pleasure (drinking, sex, etc.), achievements, building projects, possessions, wealth, fame, honor, politics, philosophy, work, popularity, family, wives, women, children. He did not find fulfillment in any of those things. He is not unlike so many people of our day and time. I compared him to Elvis and Michael Jackson. Both had it all by the world’s standards, yet both were miserable, searching and died too young due to much self-induced abuse.
We were each created with a God-sized hole that only He can fill. The things of this world will never satisfy for long. Put your time, money, and energy into things that last for eternity.
Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV).
I read a Rick Warren (author of The Purpose-Driven Life) interview at the end of the lesson that many of you wanted. You can read it here.
God bless you all,
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV)
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