I would like to take you through, but I will major in verse 25. Ecclesiastes 2:17–25
“For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:25
For the lover of films like me, there is a recent film, a self-proclaimed “genius” rants to the camera about the world’s “horror, corruption, ignorance, and poverty,” declaring life to be godless and absurd.
While such thinking isn’t unusual in many modern film scripts, what’s interesting is where it leads. In the end, the lead character turns to the audience and implores us to do whatever it takes to find a little happiness. For him, this includes leaving traditional morality behind.
But will “do whatever” work? Facing his own despair at life’s horrors,
The Old Testament writer of Ecclesiastes gave it a try long ago, searching for happiness through pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:1, 10), grand work projects (vv. 4–6), riches (vv. 7–9), and philosophical inquiry (vv. 12–16). And his assessment? “All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (v. 17). None of these things is immune to death, disaster, or injustice (5:13–17).
Then this draws your attention, to things that last and in greater thing of which ones are these and from where?
Only one thing brings the writer of Ecclesiastes back from despair. Despite life’s trials, we can find fulfillment when God is part of our living and working: “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” (2:25). In this verse we get solice there, direction and contention of what one needs.
Life will at times feel meaningless, but “remember your Creator” (12:1). Don’t exhaust yourself trying to figure life out, but “fear God and keep his commandments” (v. 13).
Without God as our center, life’s pleasures and sorrows lead only to disillusionment. Lets put our trust and faith to God and leave according to his word. This will surely get us safe from any spiritual, political and social impunity in our life.
How much do you seek happiness through things that won’t last? Since the writer of Ecclesiastes didn’t know the hope of resurrection, how would you consider his search in light of Romans 8:11, 18–25?
My today prayer is, God, we know that life lacks meaning and purpose without You at the centre. So help us to seek You with everything we have. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Rev. Silvanus Mwambere Mwakoma is the long-serving Minister of the Word of God and currently serves as the County Chief Officer, Water, Environment, and Sanitation in Taita Taveta County Government.
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