September 2, 2018

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Psalm 46:1-11, Proverbs 22:15

Ecclesiastes is difficult to read. It’s just depressing for the first two chapters. Solomon found everything meaningless. Nonetheless, there are gems in the book that need to be explored.

11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

There are many mentions of God’s eternal nature in the Hebrew Bible, as early as Genesis 21:33. Likewise the eternal nature of God’s covenant commitment to His people appears in Genesis 9:16. This verse Ecclesiastes may be the first time that the human desire to be a part of eternity is mentioned in the Bible. Even with this mention of eternity, Solomon returns to the meaningless perspective at the end of chapter 3.

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die.

Soon we will be reading Isaiah, which seems much more hopeful to me. In the meantime, I would like to close on a hopeful note from Psalm 46:1.

God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.