The prevailing theme of the book of Ecclesiastes is the meaninglessness or vanity of life under the sun. For the writer, meaning and significance are as transient as bubbles. And he should have known, because he sought significance in many places.
He sought meaning in wisdom, and although he admitted it was better than folly, he knew that the same end comes to all.
He sought meaning in wine, but was left with a hangover and none the wiser.
He sought meaning in work and found some fulfilment, but was depressed to think he’d have to leave it to someone who didn’t work for it.
He sought meaning in women and denied himself no pleasure, but he was left as empty as ever.
CS Lewis said that desires are made to be fulfilled, such as those for food and sex. But if we have a desire that can’t be fulfilled by this world, we must be made for another world. Solomon came to realise this too: it is in relationship to God that everything else makes sense for He is the one we will meet at life’s end.
Are you ready to meet your maker, and find fulfilment in him?