Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.
Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer. Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…
First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).
Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34). (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)
Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved. May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question… “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.
Eccl 3:9-15 –
(9) What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? (10) I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. (11) He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (12) I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. (13) And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. (14) I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (15) That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
After Solomon acknowledges that the Lord is in control of every one of life’s events, he now also acknowledges… If we do not take into account the need to be faithful to the Lord during our life events, they will bear no lasting effects in our lives…
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
Solomon now examines the lost world and their great need of Christ in their lives. He sees their futility and pain as they labor with no lasting results in their lives. By not understanding the opportunities for service opened to them in their life events, they disregard the Lord’s desires for them and end up losing all the eternal benefit that could have been gained.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Although many men will miss out on understanding and applying God’s will to their lives, that does not stop God’s purposes being accomplished through our life events. On God’s timetable, as we enter into eternity… the beauty of His purposes in all of our life events will be revealed.
God has given to us a revelation of His greatness and our inability to understand Him in His fullness. He has done this by placing in the heart of all mankind a revelation of Himself in nature found in the world around us. Since we cannot understand many areas of nature around us, it proves to us that God does many other works (including the events in our lives) with purposes that are beyond our understanding.
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
Because we cannot understand all of God’s purposes behind our life’s events, our responsibilities are two-fold… to rejoice in the Lord knowing all comes from His hand with a purpose behind them and to obey Him in the midst of life’s events. Once we do this, we then can enjoy the blessings of this world that the Lord has given to us. After all, this world was given for mankind’s use and pleasure (not abuse).
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
Solomon’s bottom line is this… God’s purposes in every life event will be brought to completion and hold eternal results. Man cannot frustrate the sovereign will of God.
The truth of God’s sovereignty is given to us so that we might learn to reverence and fear the Lord as THE sovereign ruler over all.
God’s sovereign will was decreed before time began and contains all the events that take place among mankind. Because of this…
- “That which hath been is now”; – God’s past decree is now taking place before our eyes
- “and that which is to be hath already been”; – The events in life that are yet to take place have already been included in God’s decrees.
- and “God requireth that which is past.” – What God has decreed in the past is now required to take place by God. His decrees WILL come to pass with no exceptions.
Folks. How important it is for us to understand that when our lives seem to be spinning out of control… our Lord is in control.
When things take place in our lives that we cannot understand… the Lord has a purpose behind all of them.
When our physical labors and struggles seem to overcome us, and we no longer know what to do… by faith, we can seek the Lord’s face and submit to whatever He has in store for us.
Dan 4:34-35 –
“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:
|1.||2:1-3||The pursuit of carnal desires (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)|
|2.||2:4-11||The pursuit of material possessions through human labors|
|3.||2:12-17||The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly|
|4.||2:18-23||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1|
|5.||2:24-26||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2|
|6.||3:1-8||A Recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #1|
|7.||3:9-15||A Recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #2|
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