We discussed briefly yesterday the idea of meaning out of Ecclesiastes. It is especially important as we read that we understand what Solomon means by the word "meaningless”. This word is found 33 times in Ecclesiastes and only four other times in the whole rest of the Bible. It is clearly the central purpose of the book.
As we meander through the 33 usages of "meaningless" it may seem difficult to find one concise definition but one of the clearest synonyms is temporal. When we don't include God in our decisions we inevitably only live for the moment. We become like the man in 4:7-8 who collected a massive amount of wealth but as death approaches realizes that it won't help him. Or the people in 4:13-16 who look to various politicians to rescue them when in light of eternity they are just distant memories.
If our actions, decisions and emotions don't make sense in light of eternity than why are we doing them in the first place? They are just meaningless!
Question of the day: In what ways does your life reflect temporal pursuits rather than eternal?
Father God, help me to live for things which matter. Help me to be consumed by things which matter in light of eternity. I confess that I far too often make life about me and my desires, rather than you and your glory. Help me to remain focused on you and your glory today. Amen.