Ecclesiastes: One of My Favorite Books

There is a book in the Bible that I continually go back and read over and over when I find myself in times of despair, confusion, frustration, boredom, and depression. It is called Ecclesiastes and it is in the Old Testament right after Psalms and Proverbs.

The whole premise of the book is that this godly guy, Solomon, has been everywhere, done everything and he still feels like life is meaningless. (Surely, you’ve never encountered that feeling of meaninglessness, right?) And he comes to realize that all he can do is love God, trust God, and realize that happiness and contentment come from God and nowhere else.

The book starts like this (NIV translation):

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

I would encourage everyone encountering a low point to pick up your Bible, read Ecclesiastes and run to God. Focus specifically on the end of chapter 2 (which I find the most help in):

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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~ by toddbumgarner on July 25, 2008 9:28 pm.

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