“Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning.” – Victor Frankl
Have you ever longed for satisfaction in your life? Maybe you have felt like your life is nothing more than a continuous cycle of searching. You search for meaning, peace, truth or even love. You work for success and wealth but all roads lead you right back to the feelings of dissatisfaction and a lack of fulfillment. No matter how hard or how far you search you end up at the same place of nothingness?
It’s so elusive– this happiness we seek in life. It’s easy to begin to question if there is anything of lasting value. You can often find yourself asking, “can I be happy or is everything just meaningless?”
I have read the book of Ecclesiastes several times but it hasn’t been on my list of favorites until recently. This is mostly because it seems to be nihilistic and dark on a first read but after a careful reading, it’s tones of despair and darkness are actually the beauty of its message.
Ecclesiastes is in a category of its own. There is no other book in the Bible or any religious literature like it. The words of Solomon read like a seasoned philosophy professor lecturing his students with more than academic passion but with personal experiences and discoveries. He shares the ugly realities of injustice and our lack of power to do anything about it. He teaches about the cruel and worldly view of money and materialism. The Teacher proclaims that life is like fighting the wind, you can’t win and it is meaningless. Solomon takes a look at life without God and concludes it’s pointless. A life without God is insignificant; you’re born and you die. So go ahead and live it up, but you will never find meaning or satisfaction in this life.
As I have been studying, reading and rereading Ecclesiastes I think it may be the most relevant biblical book for our day. I have waited for sometime to preach through this book because it is difficult, but I am excited to teach this amazing book for our next series starting August 20th .