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I’m not sure what drove me to the book of Ecclesiastes.
My life was in chaos and I was reeling from the pain of deception, heartbreak, and disappointment. My foundation was crumbling beneath my feet and I was confused and full of fear. Click here and you can read more about it.
I was desperate to hear from God. I needed clarity. I needed help. And mostly, I needed Him.
So, for some reason, I read Ecclesiastes. Praise God, I read Ecclesiastes! God met with me in Ecclesiastes and spoke powerfully to me through it. In it He comforted me and convicted me. He warned me and protected me. He blew away the fog of deception and helped me to see with clarity so that I could walk securely.
Ecclesiastes can seem rather hopeless and discouraging at first. Solomon, the wise king, decided to experiment with life. He had his fill of pretty much whatever he wanted. Money, fame, hard work, success, art, sex, entertainment, power… they were all his at whatever quantity he desired.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.Ecclesiastes 2:10
Solomon discovered that God was actually right when He said things like,
…they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!Jeremiah 2:13
You must not have any other god but me.Exodus 20:3
There was no LIFE found in the abundance of all the world had to offer. It was all so incredibly disappointing and hopeless. Futile! Futile! Vanity! Vanity! Stupid! Stupid! Pointless! Purposeless!
That’s what the abundance of pleasure had to offer… absolutely nothing.
We believe a lot of things by faith. We often trust the experiments and discoveries of others. But for some reason, we don’t often believe the discoveries of Solomon. Like Eve, we need to find out for ourselves whether or not the fruit will give the life that it promises.
Solomon isn’t the only one who has warned us of his discovery. Many others throughout history have tasted the bitter death of the fruit of sin and idolatry… and they too send their warnings! For example, take this most recent warning from celebrity Jim Carey. He says this,
I wish everybody could get rich and famous and have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.Jim Carey
Sounds a lot like Solomon to me. But do we hear and heed? Do we listen and believe?
Solomon and Jim, these guys aren’t trying to crush us. They aren’t trying to paint a hopeless, depressing picture. They are voicing Life-giving warnings. They are in the maze of life shouting, “not this way! This is a dead end!”
We just don’t believe them. We smell the false aroma of life wafting from around the bend and so we ignore their findings. We walk right past them and into the same trap. We don’t learn from them. Instead we waste our own time and energy, our own lives, only to discover what they’ve already discovered.
If the pleasures I seek are just of my flesh, I am left to conclude, all is meaningless.Meaningless
I’m so thankful that I was led to read Ecclesiastes because it was a wake up call for me. Sometimes I can get lulled in and I have to go back and remind myself. That’s why I wrote Meaningless. It’s a reminder of what God lovingly showed me in the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s a reminder to me that I don’t have to shatter and ruin and waste my life in order to discover what many men and women have discovered before me. It’s a reminder that I can trust God. He is telling the truth. What He says aligns with reality. Anything else is an illusion, a deception, pulling me away for the purpose of destroying me and laying the heavy weight of hopeless on my shoulders.
Solomon makes a grand conclusion at the end of Ecclesiastes and I want to take it to heart. He says,
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commandsEcclesiastes 12:13
The conclusion is, heed what God says because He’s right.
I hope that this song will help you hear the truth and believe it. I hope that it won’t leave you in a pit of disappointment and hopelessness, but rather my hope, prayer, and my expectation is that it will breathe into you a LIFE full of purpose and promise. I’m hoping that this song will help me and you both avoid some deadly pitfalls that we will encounter on our journey through this world. I’m praying that we will embrace the protection of wisdom.
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Thanks for journeying with us!
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