How To Find Meaning in a Meaningless World
Ecclesiastes 1:1–2 (ESV)
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
At first glance, the message of the book of Ecclesiastes seems to be out of step with the rest of the Bible. Overall, the Bible offers a message of hope, but Ecclesiastes begins with shocking words filled with despair. On closer examination, we learn that the author was King Solomon, the wisest man ever. He was also a realist. He challenges us to face the fact that life is hard. If we ignore what he says, we will be ill-prepared to deal with life’s inevitable hard times.
In the end, we find that Ecclesiastes is not a message of gloom and despair at all. Solomon the realist points us to true hope, real satisfaction, and a lasting sense of purpose. He teaches us how to find meaning in a meaningless world.
The author of this book was Israel’s King Solomon. Think of his credentials:
- He was wise.
- He was wealthy.
- He was powerful.
- He was accomplished.
No one has ever lived who was better equipped to evaluate life and tell us how to find genuine meaning and lasting satisfaction. Yet, he tells us that if we look at life “under the sun,” that is, based on our own experiences, we will conclude with him: all is vanity! Empty!
Truly life is puzzling, frustrating, and empty. Is there a solution to this? Yes! Solomon shows us how to have meaning in a meaningless world.
Join us in our study to learn how faith strengthens us to face life under the sun.
We meet at Summit Academy at 6:30 pm. The evening begins with refreshments and conversation and ends by 8:00 pm. The study runs concurrently with our AWANA program, so bring your children.