Who does not have troubles in life and with life. It begins with questions. Questions like; “Where did I come from?”; “Why am I here?”; “What is my purpose in living?” There is only one place we can find the answer for those questions and that is from our Creator.
I cannot tell you the answer to those questions you will need to find them for yourself. You might even have some of the same thoughts as Solomon in Ecclesiastes. My reading this morning was the final three chapters of the Proverbs 29- 31, and all the chapters of Ecclesiastes. I do not know about you, but reading Ecclesiastes can be very discouraging. At least, up until you get to the final verses.
If you have read Ecclesiastes, and think you have the problem of life solved, then let me say this as kindly as possible – That is the thought of a fool.
Solomon, the wisest of men who ever walked on earth never solved the problem of life, and its troubles. I know that I cannot; and I am not going to spend a lot of time with this book trying to explain what Solomon means when he tells us “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity”. I know vanity means “vapor”, or “breath”, and comes down to meaning, “Meaningless”. You would not think that you would hear that coming from the mouth of a wise man, but it does.
Let me give you a word of warning. Do not build a doctrine or belief from this book. It raises far more questions than it substantiates; with the exception of its conclusion.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJV)
The answers to life’s troubles, and questions are for you to find on your own, but let me give you a heads up. For me and all who have eternal life, life begins with God. You came from the mind and heart of God. We are here to glorify God, to be His lightbearer in a dark world. Our purpose is to love God and enjoy Him forever.
You will find the answers to these questions when you believe God, believe and trust His word and work through Christ Jesus death, burial and bodily resurrection; and submit to Him, and walk with/in Him. Walking with and in God makes the problems of life more sensible, and bearable.
-Tim A. Blankenship