I believe that one of the hardest books of the Bible to read (other than the Song of Solomon) is King Solomon’s text, Ecclesiastes.
When you read through Ecclesiastes, you are constantly greeted by this theme:
Life is worthless. Or, as King Solomon puts it, all is vanity.
He starts out his text by talking about how worthless it all is, that no matter what man does, he is forgotten once he is dead and buried. And he says that, even in the midst of his own great wisdom and understanding the God granted him, Solomon’s heart was filled with grief.
He spends the rest of the text talking about all he’s seen in his life, every place he’s been, every house and vineyard he built, the people he encountered and talks about how worthless it all is.
At one point, Solomon says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through all the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” (8:15; ESV)
Like I said, it’s hard to read the book of Ecclesiastes. When you read it, you get the overwhelming sense of worthlessness, and you really don’t want to go with your life.
I mean, if one of the greatest kings that Israel has ever seen believes that life is meaningless and that all is vanity, then what’s the point?
But we have a hope. We must remember that Solomon, though a wise king and familiar with God, did not truly know the hope of Jesus.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:1-5)
We must have hope in Jesus. When life seems worthless and bringing us down, we must keep our minds on Christ. Our Hope, our Help, our Love, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our King.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.