Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Avoiding the meaningless toil

Ecclesiastes 2:17 - 18  So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.

Reading through this chapter and indeed through the book of Ecclesiastes, perhaps the theme that readily comes to the fore is the quest to understand the meaning of life and its essence to man. At some point in time in life whether we are religious or not, whether we are given to philosophical reasoning or not, the following questions arises on the horizon of the human mind , what is the meaning of life? , what am i here for? and how can i find fulfillment in this life?

Many have been driven to the brink while trying to answer these questions , this is so because their quest for answers only open them to more mysteries and riddles, more unanswered questions thereby increasing as a result their frustration and disillusionment. We should not be surprised therefore when a man or woman gets to that point where they are confronted by these questions and they give what appears to be an opinion in the absence of the true answer.

 Many still submit themselves to the pursuit of the very things which King Solomon gave himself to in his quest for true meaning of life and man's chief goals within it. There are those who pursue knowledge and wisdom, while believing that such pursuit will provide the answers. While others pursue self ambition and goals only to end up with more frustration on realizing that they are farther away from finding answers to these questions. Like Solomon, others gave themselves to the pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure, not holding back or denying themselves of anything that appeals and is gratifying to their flesh only to be confronted by the same emptiness which Solomon discovered.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 —26 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.

While it remains true that Solomon ran into a wall of emptiness in his quest for life's true  meaning, what is equally true is what his quest led him into;, that it is only with God and in him alone, that a man can truly begin to find answers to these questions about life. He discovered that it is only in God that every endeavor of man in life begins to find real meaning, and it is only when a man's life aligns to that of the Creator that he begins to find meaning to life's endeavor.

Mathew 11:28 — 30“ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Through Jesus, God continues to invite everyone to align their quest for life's true meaning to the truth which is revealed to us by the gift of life that is on offer when we accept his invitation into fellowship.

Home Teachings And Sermons What the Bible is saying Avoiding the meaningless toil
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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