A Meaningful Life
Are you in search of a meaningful life? If so, you are not alone. Solomon wrestled with that very thing in the Book of Ecclesiastes. He was determined to know “what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life” (2:3).
Ecclesiastes reports the results of Solomon’s search for a meaningful life. His unique position allowed him to pursue many things in this quest, from pleasures to possessions to power. It was a painstaking proposition that left him bewildered and dismayed at times. Yet he finally found the answer he was looking for — “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (12:13).
Ecclesiastes teaches that earthly pursuits, though not without benefit, are inadequate in satisfying man’s deepest needs. They have no lasting value. Rather, one must look past this life and see God as the true source of satisfaction.
The reader cannot help but sense Solomon’s agonizing struggle with the complexities of life and his desire for something more meaningful. It was a perplexing predicament. Thankfully, Solomon was able to grasp what eluded him for so long. He came to the realization that life must be lived for the Creator of life. In other words, God puts the “meaning” in meaningful.
Solomon came to realize that life is a gift from God and should be enjoyed (2:24; 3:12-13, 22; 5:18-19; 8:15; 9:7-9; 11:8-9). However, true and lasting fulfillment can only come when one’s perspective rises above life “under the sun.” It is futile to seek satisfaction in some earthly pursuit (pleasure, possession, power, etc). God alone can fill that void and make life meaningful!