Ecclesiastes, the 21st book of the Bible, is a book written by Solomon. Its purpose is to give wisdom by showing the foolishness of pursuing a life without God. Through its 12 chapters, Solomon takes us on a very personal journey away from God and shows us the devastation that such a choice can make.
A key phrase in the book is, “under the sun”. This is Solomon’s way of telling us about life apart from God, or according to this world system. Life under the sun is a life in pursuit of fulfillment away from the Lord. No one had more resources to attempt this endeavor than Solomon. The man had almost a thousand wives and concubines, billions of dollars, power, fame, and position. He tried accomplishments, pleasure, and more to find fulfillment.
In the end, Solomon came to this conclusion – “vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.” Life under the sun is worthless, vain, and empty. It is like a child collecting bubbles to play with later only to discover he has a bag full of slime. Life under the sun promises much but provides nothing.
Solomon calls like under the sun vexation of spirit. This is the pursuit of something you want really bad, without ever having the means to attain it. This world is great at keeping things within arm’s reach. Like a carrot in front of a horse on a fishing line, the more you walk doesn’t matter… it will always be out of reach.
Take Solomon’s advice, there is NOTHING in this world that can satisfy.
Instead, the preacher, as Solomon calls himself, helps us see that life under the SON of God is what is worthwhile. His conclusion is given in Ecclesiastes 12:13 – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
I know you will enjoy this book, which takes you on a journey under the sun. Aren’t you glad that one of the richest, wisest, most powerful men in all of history took this journey for you so you don’t have to? Take his advice, life apart from God is just not worth anything!