What's the Point? (A Study in Ecclesiastes: Part 3)



After Q has exhausted his attempts to find meaning “under the sun” by seeking wisdom, success, and pleasure, he turns his attention to the reality of our physical aging and how inevitable it is that our time on earth will end. Q’s realism about growing old and the fleeting nature of all earthly pursuits leads him to issue advice to a young person; He prescribes celebrating each day as it comes and acknowledging God in all that we do. He finds that death’s certainty offers us lessons on living our current life well.

Ecclesiastes 11:8 tells us, “if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all.” This instruction to rejoice, enjoy, and take pleasure in all the times of our lives is not a fanciful wish, optional extra, or unrealistic suggestion. The scriptures reveal how this is possible. The Psalms contain many declarations of joy and celebration in the days of the faithful, and Philippians 4:4-7 commands rejoicing, even amid difficult circumstances. What do you think is the common thread joining these declarations of rejoicing and finding joy?

Ask Yourself: What brings you the most joy? How do you most commonly celebrate? What does it look like for you to rejoice in the Lord?

Pause to Pray: Father God, I thank You today for today! I thank You for all the ways that You are at work in my life and the lives of the ones I love. Help me share these testimonies freely with whoever You place in my path. As I seek You each day, help my heart REJOICE in You and your presence. Amen.

Take the Next Step: Challenge yourself to share a story of God’s goodness with someone today. Describe some details of beauty and blessing that life with Him reveals. Take a little time to meditate on how He is present in every situation.