Ecclesiastes 1:2,3—"Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.” What does a man gain for all his efforts that he labors at under the sun?
Why would Solomon, who until Christ was considered the world’s wisest man, have such a pessimistic outlook on life? We read from his writing:
Much of Solomon’s pessimistic view was enhanced by the fact that he did not know what happened to man upon death. “Who knows if the spirit of people rises upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth? . . . For who can enable him to see what will happen after he dies?” (3:21,22b). But he also made a significant error. Instead of using the wisdom God blessed him with to pursue God, he lived to find his own fulfillment and that was a doomed formula. In the end he realized his mistake and advised his readers to enjoy the life that God provided and, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity” (12:13).
How blessed we are: to have the Holy Spirit; the hope that we will rise from our decaying bodies to receive perfect bodies for eternal fellowship with God; awareness of the profound love of God for us expressed through Jesus so that life has awesome meaning; and, the ability to learn from Solomon and not have to repeat his mistakes. Life is either futile or fulfilled. If only Solomon had known what we know.
We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. (Ephesians 1:7-12)
People are only joyful when they fulfill the design of God’s creation of them, and that is a joy that can never be quenched.—Oswald Chambers in He Shall Glorify Me
 Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, Christian Standard Bible, © 2017 AMG Publishers
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)