Meaning is not found in your vocation, your title, your money, your trials. Meaning to life is found in your relationship with God. This relationship protects you from what is meaningless and begins to instill meaning into every facet of your life—your vocation, your family, your school, your pleasure, your finances.
When you have a relationship with Jesus you bring meaning into every facet of who you are. This meaning is something that is eternal not contingent on your emotional, financial or social state but on the Character of God. This meaning is something that should be enjoyed and savored.
Today Solomon touches on the topic of money that we all have in our life. Some of us know it… others of us are ignorant of it… others choose to not believe it, but when push comes to shove in many of our lives Money is what we place our identity in; we place our meaning in, its what we live for. If we lose our money we will lose our identity, our security, our happiness etc. In Ecclesiastes 5:10- 6:12 Solomon helps us find meaning within money. He helps us understand its purpose and it is probably not what you all think.
I think we ask the wrong question when we encounter wickedness in our world? We often ask the question “Why doesn’t God punish evil?” “But the right question is why doesn’t God punish evil now?” We wonder privately why doesn’t God take action when we want him too? Why can’t I be God? If I were God we would see instant justice right?
How do we make sense of the craziness of life? How do we make sense of the past and move on from the past? How do we cope with the uncertainties of the future? Is it possible to find any peace or satisfaction in this thing called “Life?” Today, King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes shares the key to finding true, lasting satisfaction in life.
The desire for meaning is rooted deep within humankind it’s a desire that keeps humankind alive. Therefore, we search for it all over this world but the fundamental thing we learned last week is that we won’t find it. One doesn’t find meaning “Under the sun” but in the creator of the Sun. In chapter two Solomon uses his personal testimony to demonstrate to the reader how life’s meaning cannot be found in anything that the world can offer and he begins with pleasure.
The thing I love about the Bible is that it provides answers to some of the toughest questions regarding life. The bible speaks to us in the midst of tragedy, in the midst of life altering events. The book that speaks directly to these life-altering questions is the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes helps us find meaning in this world. Ecclesiastes helps orient our lives to true north when we are lost in the chaotic, depraved evil mess of this world.