I read two books today. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Both were writen by Solomon, the man who asked God for wisdom and received it.
The theme of Ecclesiastes is that “Everything is meaningless.” Not a book to read if you are a bit depressed. But among the pages I saw a couple things that bring hope in the meaningless aspects of life.
I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.
— Ecclesiastes 5:18
So it is good for us to enjoy life, to enjoy our work. Don’t worry that everything you do will fade away, enjoy where God has you.
Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
— Ecclesiastes 9:9-10
So it is also good to enjoy our time with our wives, and I should hope that wives should enjoy their time with their husbands.
So spend time with your spouse, eat, and enjoy your work. I must say that I do well with the first two, but am struggling with the third. I love spending time with Jaime and as many know, I enjoy eating. 🙂 But enjoying my work that is tough for me.
Most of the book is a description of all the things in your life that are ultimatly meaningless. (again not greatly uplifting) But Solomon makes things clear in the final two sentences of the book.
That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
— Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Fear God and obey His commands. This is all that has meaning. Fear in this context does not mean fright, but more a meaning of deep respect in the presence of someone or something so much more powerful than you that you could be turned to dust at the wave of their hand or the whisper of their breathe.
And then I read Song of Songs…. and I will let that be all I will say on Song of Songs. 🙂