Merry Christmas Trinity Pres- Tomorrow, we conclude our study of Ecclesiastes.
Almost every person has asked the question, “What is the Meaning of Life?” When we ask that, we’re hoping for some colossal revelation of the mysterious meaning of the universe. For the Christian, we already know the meaning. It is well-established. What I find fascinating, however, is that the overarching message of Ecclesiastes is not that there is meaning in the big events and big questions, but that everything has meaning.
If God is who He is, then every single thing, even the apparently meaningless thing, matters. The meaning of life is that everything matters- “for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
Solomon/the preacher learned and shared that what your life needs in order to have more meaning is not more wisdom, wealth, or experience, but what will transform your life and make everything matter is the knowledge of the Lord. As Isaiah 11:9 quoted above makes clear, the universe’s (including the people in it) destiny is to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Let us pursue knowing the Lord together and pray that his word will delight, bruise, console, enlighten, and prepare us for eternity.