Day 29: What's Most Important to You?

"Meaningless! Meaningless!"

says the teacher,

"Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!"

Ecclesiastes 1:2, NIV 


You ever have one of those days? From the way that he begins the book of Ecclesiastes, it appears that King Solomon had more than one. As a matter of fact, as you look throughout this short book, you will read the tortured thoughts of a very, very depressed man.


Why is that? After all, King Solomon was given more wisdom than any other man. He was given more wealth than any of the kings of Israel or Judah. He was given power and honor and protection from his enemies. He had hundreds of beautiful wives (okay, even I can see a problem here). He had lots of free time to do whatever he wanted.


So why was he so depressed?


The answer is found in the pages of Ecclesiastes: every time you read of a complaint, you are reading of something physical that he was focused on. And every time you read of something positive, it is because he is finally looking at life through a spiritual, rather than  physical, lens.


Indeed, Ecclesiastes can be reasonably summed up in this way: When a man looks only to the physical things of life, he will find that his pursuits are meaningless. But, when a man gives the spiritual things first priority, he finds that every legitimate aspect of life can be properly enjoyed - including those physical things that are so meaningless when eternity is not considered.


I think that you will enjoy the inspired book of Ecclesiastes. See if you don't recognize a bit of your own life within its pages. If you do, then you may want to stop focusing on the physical part of life so much, and begin to contemplate that which is truly important: your eternal soul.


If you will do that, it might just change the destiny of your immortal soul.


Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, NIV


Today is day 29 of the 30 day challenge to read through the books of wisdom, with the book of Ecclesiastes being the reading for today. May God richly bless your life as you begin to focus on that which is of eternal consequence.