“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 2:11 (ESV)
What’s the point of what we do? What is our drive? Our reasoning? Our motivation?
Does it make you happy? Are you satisfied?
Solomon, the king of Israel, the person who was granted all wisdom by God, found all he did to be meaningless.
The work of his hands – meaningless.
The entertaining and pleasurable things – meaningless.
His own great and unsurpassed wisdom – meaningless.
We live, we work, we die, and all is forgotten.
Seems a bit melodramatic, but it’s a place we’ve all been at one time in our lives. The time when we look at ourselves, our lives, our future and ask:
“What’s the point?!”
And Solomon observes:
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” – Ecclesiastes 2:24,25 (ESV)
It is God who has given us these things to do, and we take pleasure in the duty that God has given us.
Because of Him we take pleasure in what we do.
In Him, we find meaning for our lives.