King Solomon was gifted with not only incredible wisdom, but also wealth and power. But near the end of his life, and with anything and everything he could possibly have wanted or needed, he was miserable. He allowed other things to become more important to him than God. Without God at the center, his life had become meaningless. The same is true for us. God is the only One who makes our life meaningful instead of meaningless.
Live a life of meaning by focusing on keeping God first in every area of your life.
The More You Know …
Everyone searches for meaning in life, but the only way to find genuine, lasting meaning is by making God our foundation. This month’s lessons will explore how to do that and serve as a platform to help your students realize pursuits in their own lives that may be meaningless.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a book of perspective. Solomon most likely wrote Ecclesiastes in his older age. He reveals the depression that comes from seeking happiness in empty pursuits. He reminds us that this brief life is worthless without God. He stresses the importance of focusing on an eternal God instead of fleeting pleasures.
Solomon uses the word “vanity” or “meaningless” over 30 times to emphasize the temporary nature of worldly things. In his pursuit for meaning, Solomon turned toward worldly pleasures and turned away from loving and pursuing God. He disregarded the intimate fellowship with his Creator that comes through worship and obedience.
Meaning begins with acknowledging God at a young age, and it continues with fearing God and keeping His commands (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13-14). Striving after the world’s idea of meaning brings vanity and dissatisfaction (Ecclesiastes 5:10). But with Christ, life is a mere shadow of the glories to come through eternal life in Heaven. These glories are only accessible through Christ.
Meaning is found in knowing God and keeping His commands (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Without Him, everything is meaningless. There may be nothing new under the sun, but thankfully, Jesus has the power to make all things new (Ecclesiastes 1:9b, Revelation 21:5).