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The answer to life’s meaning!

Scripture reading for July 13:  Ecclesiastes 7-12

This quest of Solomon to find meaning is played out every day in our world.  People are going to and fro seeking pleasure, wisdom, meaning and purpose in life under the sun.  They are trying wine, women, sports, building, materialism, and fame to find happiness and fulfillment. Many are laughing and appearing to have fun, but it is shallow and meaningless.   Many are in bondage to sins of the flesh and are miserable.  They go from one form of bondage to another looking for that elusive fulfillment that can only be found in God Himself!

Solomon tells us that the day of death is better than the day of birth.   Death takes away every man and their works will stand judgment.  Being mindful of this should give us motivation for righteous living here and now.    There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right all the time and never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:10; Romans 3:23)  Solomon found that God had made men upright, but that men in their folly had gone in search of many schemes!  (Ecclesiastes 7:29)  How true of man throughout history and today!

No man knows when the hour of his end will come.  Things don’t always turn out according to a movie script where the good guy wins and the evil person is destroyed!  “The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)  No one really knows the future or what it holds.  Accidents can come suddenly and death can snatch us from this life without warning!   “As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” (Ecclesiastes 9:12)

“The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails–given by one Shepherd.  Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.  Of the making of many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.  Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12:11-13

Solomon concludes his book with a simple warning.  Have you found true meaning in life here on earth? Are you still searching in all the wrong places? Turn to Jesus Christ today and ask Him for mercy and a new beginning! He lovingly took the penalty for your sins and offers you eternal life in Father’s house!

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Life without the “God” connection!

Scripture reading for July 14th: Ecclesiastes 1-6

Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived outside of Jesus Christ, decided to try to find meaning in life by pursuing riches, fame, and fortune to the maximum.  The result is this book of Ecclesiastes!   After trying everything, Solomon found no meaning in endless days of toil and the work of man.  (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11)  He observed that man spent his time working and gathering things and suddenly death took him away.  In a few years or less, no one remembers him or his works!

Solomon tried to find meaning with the pursuit of pleasure and things that brought laughter.  He tried wine and pleasure common to his culture!  He then tried great building projects to find satisfaction in what he had accomplished.  He built houses and planted vineyards and fruit orchards.    His herds and flocks were numerous and his treasury filled with silver and gold.  He hired singers and entertainers and even bought a harem of beautiful women to enjoy as he pleased.  He enjoyed his life under the sun but as he thought about it, it was meaningless!  (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Solomon noted that all his hard work would be left behind when he died and given to someone else who did not work for it. (Ecclesiastes 3:21-23)  His conclusion was that if  man would eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work each day, that was a gift of God.  For without God, we can’t find meaning or enjoyment!  (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)

“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Solomon concluded that God had made a time for everything under the sun.  These times are in His hands and man should accept each day with gratitude.  Man has a God-given knowledge of eternity in his heart.  Each knows that he is an eternal being who will be judged by God one day.   This understanding helps bring meaning to all of life!

Take a moment to thank God for revealing eternity and the plans of His heart through Jesus Christ!  In Christ we now have eternity restored in God’s presence!   All our life has purpose and meaning under the Son!

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Utterly meaningless!

Scripture reading for July 13th: Ecclesiastes 1-6

Life is hard to make sense of without God’s Word or knowledge.  Man is left with darkness in his understanding and the futility of life under the sun.  This life without God has no real purpose or meaning.  It appears that we come about by accident and leave earth by calamity or slow death.  Some live short lives and others relatively long lives.  Some are blessed and others struggle with troubles and pain.  Our days are short and they fly by.

Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived outside of Jesus Christ, decided to try to find meaning in life by pursuing riches, fame, and fortune.  He wrote the book of Ecclesiastes as a result of his quest!  Solomon found no meaning in endless days of toil and work of man.   (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11)  Man spends his time working and gathering and suddenly death takes us away.  In a few years or less, no one remembers us or what we have done!

Solomon tried to find meaning through the pursuit of pleasure and material things.  He tried wine and folly but found them meaningless!   He built houses and planted vineyards and fruit orchards.  He built lakes and had many servants.  His herds and flocks were numerous and his treasury filled with silver and gold.  He hired singers and entertainers and even bought a harem of beautiful women to enjoy as he pleased.  He had no lack of anything his heart desired but by themselves,  all was meaningless!  (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Solomon noted that all his hard work would be left behind when he died and given to someone else who did not work for it.  (Ecclesiastes 3:21-23)  His conclusion was that if  man would eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work each day, that was a gift of God.  Without God, we can’t find meaning or enjoyment!  (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)

“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Solomon concluded that God had made a time for everything under the sun.  These times were in His hands and man must accept that with gratitude.  Each person knows that he is an eternal being who will be judged by God one day.  Life is not meaningless, but counts for eternity!

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Utterly meaningless!

Scripture reading for July 14th: Ecclesiastes 1-6

If you try to make sense of life without God in you heart or mind, there is only one term that consistently comes to mind:  meaningless!  Life is hard to make sense of without God’s Word or knowledge.  Man is left with darkness in his understanding and the futility of life under the sun.  This life without God has no real purpose or meaning.  It appears that we come about by accident and leave earth by calamity or slow death.  Some live short lives and others relatively long lives.  Some are blessed and others struggle with troubles and pain.  Our days are short and they fly by.

Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived outside of Jesus Christ, decided to try to find meaning in life by pursuing riches, fame, and fortune to the maximum.  The result is this book of Ecclesiastes!  When you read it, you must understand it’s perspective.  Solomon finds no meaning in endless days of toil and work of man.  He feels that there is nothing really new under the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11)  We spend our time working and gathering and death takes us away.  In a few years or less, no one remembers us or what we have done!

Solomon tried to find meaning with the pursuit of pleasure and things that brought laughter.  He tried wine and folly but found meaninglessness!  He then tried great building projects to find satisfaction.  He built houses and planted vineyards and fruit orchards.  He built lakes and had many servants.  His herds and flocks were numerous and his treasury filled with silver and gold.  He hired singers and entertainers and even bought a harem of beautiful women to enjoy as he pleased.  He had no lack of anything his heart desired and he enjoyed his labor but as he thought about it, it too was meaningless!  (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Solomon noted that all his hard work would be left behind when he died and given to someone else who did not work for it.  This was a hard thing to grasp.  (Ecclesiastes 3:21-23)  His conclusion was that if  man would eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work each day, that was a gift of God.  Without God, we can’t find meaning or enjoyment!  (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)

“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Solomon concludes that God has made a time for everything under the sun.  These times are in His hands and man must accept that with gratitude.  Man has an inner knowledge of eternity.  Each knows that he is an eternal being who will be judged by God one day, but is darkened in his understanding because of sin so that he cannot understand the plans of God.

Take a moment to thank God for revealing eternity and the plans of His heart through Jesus Christ!  In Christ we now have eternity restored in God’s presence!  Praise the Lord!

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