Searching for the Meaning of Life

Daily Bible Reading – Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 2:11


It is an age-old question.  What is the meaning of life?  For thousands of years people have searched for the answer to this question, and King Solomon was no different.  In our key passage today, Solomon chronicles his search for meaning in his life.  He began by looking to human wisdom as the source of meaning, but found that the more wisdom he gained the more sorrow he found. (Vss. 1:12-18)  Solomon then tried to find meaning in the pleasures of this world, but once again was left unsatisfied. (Vss. 2:1-3)  He looked for meaning in the projects he completed.  (Vss. 2:4-6)  He built the temple, his own palace, and cities, but once again, he found that his efforts did not bring him true satisfaction.  Solomon was a very rich man, so he thought perhaps he could find meaning in his possessions. (Vss. 2:7-10)  Sadly, no matter how much he owned he once again found no real happiness in his possessions.  As Solomon tirelessly searched for meaning in this life, time and time again he came up empty-handed.  Solomon said, “when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Vs. 2:11)

Today people still search endlessly for the meaning of life.  Just like Solomon, most of the time people search for that meaning in the wrong places.  They search for meaning by gaining knowledge.  They read books, scour the Internet, and watch the news in an effort to find true meaning.  They look for meaning in the pleasures of this world, sometimes in the form of healthy hobbies and other times in the form of destructive addictions.  They search for meaning in their work, and toil away all the while feeling unsatisfied and empty.  There are so many places people can search for meaning in this life, but sadly all but one of them lead to exactly the same place.  All but one of them lead to a meaningless chasing of the wind.  There is only one road that is divergent.  There is only one path that leads to a different destination.  There is only one place to find true meaning in this life, and that place is in the person of Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Jesus Christ is the source of all things, and when we know Him as our Lord and Savior, we know what it means to find the true meaning of life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on June 6, 2014, in 21 - Ecclesiastes and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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