Ecclesiastes – “Why Am I Here?”
The first of June, we read thru the book of Ecclesiastes.
The book consists of 12 chapters and is most likely written toward the end of Solomon’s reign. In this book, Solomon reflects on the meaning of life and warns us about wrong choices. Solomon in all of his wisdom asks one of the big questions of life – “Why am I here?” He wrote the book of Ecclesiastes as a journal of his search for life’s meaning and purpose. As Solomon shares in this book, with all his riches, wisdom and power in the world you will not find true satisfaction. He also added medical science can add years to your life, but only Jesus can add life to your years. Solomon makes it clear that our commitment to God is the only reason for living.
As I read thru the book of Ecclesiastes, I had to ask myself several questions.
- What do I chase after in life?
- Where do I place my time, energy and money?
- What are my priorities in my life?
- Am I grateful for all the blessings God has given me or do I always crave more?
- Will I look back one day and say, I was “chasing after the wind?”
At the end of the book, I realized if God is not my foundation, all I am living for is meaningless. Life is a God-given opportunity, life without God is empty, and death without God is a calamity. The more I chase after what the world offers, the more unsatisfied I become. I was not made to be satisfied with the things of this world!! I am on this earth to spend time getting to know God more and grow in God’s wisdom. As I age, I realize if I try to find satisfaction in earthly possessions and accomplishments I will be dissatisfied. Only the pursuit of God brings real satisfaction.