Read Ecclesiastes 1
Focus on verse 14
Philosophers great and small throughout the history of humanity have wrestled with finding meaning in life. What is it that makes the short life we live on this tiny little planet, in a tiny solar system, among the other billions of solar systems that we assume exist in our universe, worth living? King Solomon who is purported to be the wisest man to have lived among us, seems to conclude that it is all meaningless as a morning mist. Solomon had access to pretty much every kind of experience he desired, he had wealth beyond measure, he had peace and political security, yet he concludes that though he has seen everything that is done under the sun, it is all meaningless, like a vapid fog on a misty morning that dissipates before one’s eyes. In His exact words: “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after the wind.” (Eccl. 1:14)
Many philosophers, through the ages have come to similar conclusions. Fortunately, for us Solomon does not end his assessment in this dismal frame of mind. Rather He concludes, in the final chapter of the book, that though our world has been tainted by sin, which makes the journey tiresome at times, the person who lives “in the fear of the Lord”, can find meaning and satisfaction in this life. Apart from God, we are left essentially trying to fill a void in our life that only God can fill, with other things that do not provide lasting satisfaction.