The book of Ecclesiastes is a very curious book
to read. Solomon wrote it, the wisest man to have
ever lived. The book records Solomon’s journey
to find what makes life meaningful and his struggle
to find the ultimate purpose in life. In the book, he
looks at many things only to find out that they were
worthless. The words “vain,” “vanity,” or “vanities” are
used thirty-eight times to describe how worthless his
He tried devoting himself to knowledge only to
find out that it was vanity. (1:18) He gives his life
to pleasure and finds out that it, too, is worthless.
(2:1) He had great wealth, so he tried devoting
himself to material gain and prosperity only to
find out that money is not worth living for either.
Throughout the book, Solomon discusses the
many worthless ambitions that people follow. In
the end, Solomon concluded that only there is
only One who is worth living for. Only living for
God can bring true satisfaction. He stated it this
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion
of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole duty of
man. 14 For God shall bring every work into
judgment, with every secret thing, whether it
be good, or whether it be evil.
The only thing that makes life worth living is
living for God. We must fear God and obey
God because one day, we will be judged by
God. Everything that God expects of us can
be summed up in that statement. One day
we are going to be judged by God; therefore,
we must live for God.