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Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 “What is life really all about?”

Sep 24 2018

Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 “What is life really all about?

The book of Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s quest for the question all of us ask at some time in our lives, “What is life really all about?” Most of us ask that question without ever really having either the resources or the opportunity to pursue all that this question would require. But when we read Ecclesiastes Solomon had all wealth, wisdom and opportunity that could cause him to say as he does in 1:9 that there is “nothing new under the sun”. Solomon was also a man who knew God but had never really surrendered his heart to Him. 1st Kings describes him as a man who “Loved the Lord and followed the instructions of his father David” but then defines that by saying, “that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the LOCAL altars.” In other words, Solomon “loved the Lord” but he also was still worshiping at the altars of the world. Mark Buchanan writes in his book “Your God is too safe” that Christians are a lot like Solomon in that they live to close to the boarder with the world where they can still say both that they “love the Lord” while sacrificing at the “altars of the world”. This life was described by Mark Twain’s fictional character Huckleberry Fin when he said to Tom Sawyer his concern about living with the Widow Douglas and having to go to Church as he said, “I’ve tried it, and it don’t work, Tom, it ain’t for me!” Saints living the Christian life like Solomon will cause you to say “Everything is meaningless.... utterly meaning less.” From chapter 1 verses 4-18 Solomon will say that:

a. Vs. 4-7 Nothing has changed
b. Vs. 8-11 Nothing is new
c. Vs. 12-18 Nothing can be understood

Apart from being “all in for Jesus” the “who’s who” of today will just end up being the “Who” of tomorrow. A man was walking through a grave yard one day and was reading the tombstones when one caught his attention as it read, “Remember, friend, as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I, as I am now, you to shall be, prepare for death and follow me.” Underneath those words of warning was a hand written reply, “To follow you I’m not content until I know which way you went!” Consider this: The average 70-year- old man has spent 24 years sleeping, 14 years working, 8 years in amusements, 6 years at the dinner table, 5 years in transportation, 4 years in communication, 3 years in education, 2 years reading and 4 years in miscellaneous pursuits. Of those miscellaneous pursuits he has spent 45 minutes in Church on Sunday and 5 minutes in prayer a day. Adding those up and you realize that this average 70-year-old, gave 5 months of His life to God in 70 years! No wonder they aren’t satisfied, lets spend more time with God and we will find we will enjoy this life a lot more!

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!