Last night I had the privilege of attending a young adult’s group here in my small town. We started off by singing worship songs, and ended off in prayer. For the most part, we read through and discussed the book of Ecclesiastes, Chapters 7 through 12.
After listening to others share their thoughts about this book, a whirlwind of thoughts came into my mind regarding the Truth about why we’re here, what our purpose is, and why our choices have an eternal impact.
The main message of Ecclesiastes tells us this:
Fear God and keep His commandments. For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
I’d like to take us back to Chapter 7 of Ecclesiastes to discuss some major points that will help us in understanding the sole purpose of this book.
In Chapter 7, there are several verses that stick out to me personally.
Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 says:
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
When I first saw this, my first thought was “Wait, why is being sad better than being joyful?” I misinterpreted the meaning behind these verses. The bible tells us that sorrow is better than laughter because if we are always living a care-free, pain-free, trial-free life, we would have no desire or need to depend on God to help us through those times. God wants us to depend on Him for everything, not just the bad times.
For it is better to be in the house of mourning, than to be in the house of mirth or amusement. Again, if we’re always happy than why should we look forward to what comes after us? Our faith is what gives us the hope of one day being with the Lord and spending eternity in a pain-free, worry-free place called Heaven. If we are always in a happy-state here on earth than why would we ever want to leave? Why should we care about our eternal destination? It makes total sense of why God allows certain things to happen here on earth in order for us to make that decision of having faith in His Son Jesus Christ to redeem His people.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 says:
In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
This verse really hits home for me, especially lately. Our society equates financial or material blessing with success, however, sometimes the opposite can be true. When we don’t see material blessing or financial blessing, we start to wonder if God even notices our hard-work and effort. The truth is,God sees everything we do and is a just God who rewards us according to our actions. It may not be in this present life, but we are promised that we will receive in inheritance in Heaven. Sometimes the blessing He gives us here on earth is not material or financial, but it’s that overwhelming sense of joy we find when we choose to serve Him. This gives us the courage and hope we need to keep pressing on and serving Him no matter what the cost may be to our lives. He was gracious enough to lay down His life for us and still be faithful enough to bless us in return.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 says:
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
I love this verse because it says speaks so much about the Truth behind every person. We as Christians have the privilege of entering into a relationship with Jesus, by asking Him to forgive us and cleanse us of our sins and make us into a new person. However, that doesn’t mean that we will never sin again, because as this verse concludes: there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. Therefore, we all are in need of a Saviour each and everyday.
The bible tells us we have a real and working enemy whose main goal is to lie, steal, kill and destroy. If he convinces us that we are no need of a Saviour because we are “just fine where we are”, than he’s done his job.
Ever see that Coke commercial of the young woman who says “So if you feel like having a coke, have a coke!” Our society is notorious for telling people to do what they “feel”like doing because at the end of the day “you only live once” or “YOLO.” Which is true in a sense, we do only get one shot here on earth. However, what people are missing and what the devil has blinded people of is the Truth of why we’re here.
If Ecclesiastes 12 says “Fear God and keep His commandments. For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil”, than everything we do here on this earth matters! If it didn’t matter, than what would be the purpose of our lives? We wouldn’t have any true purpose or desire to do good because at the end of the day, “everything is vanity and grasping for the wind.”
You and I have a divine calling to serve God with fear and trembling. We are His tools, and He gives us the ability to do as were called.
Will you trust Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Are you willing to make a decision to follow Him despite what others may think of you? Remember, everything we do in this life matters-including making one very important decision about where we will spend eternity and how we can live our lives here on earth in light of that Truth.