Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 6 has Solomon continuing to talk about the reality of life “under the sun”.  He talks about the reality of life for all of us.  He uses an extreme example for us about children and years of life. “If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he “.  Solomon knew that a man could have all the outward signs of a good life – but still not be satisfied with God’s goodness.

A hundred kids is a sign of blessing in terms used in the Old Testament.  One could have the things men dream of – which in Old Testament terms meant children by the score, and years of life by the thousand – and still depart unnoticed, unlamented, and unfulfilled.  We tend to measure our value and success in dollars and years, no longer the number of kids like they did in Solomon’s day.  But the reality is that stuff is not the way we measure success.  Validation doesn’t come from our bank account, but rather our character.  That is what God cares about.

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind”: Solomon knew that in a world of uncertainty and absence of meaning, that what one can actually see is always better than what one merely desires.  Many today refuse to know what Solomon knew. They believe that when they face God they will in fact tell God a thing or two. Unfortunately, they are seriously and sadly going to discover how wrong they are.  God is in control.  He will determine the outcome of life.

Solomon asks a deep question.  “For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun”?  The understanding of immortality was at best cloudy in the Old Testament.  Jesus cleared up these questions in the New Testament.  We will spend eternity somewhere.  There is life after our earthly death, and where we spend that eternity is dependent upon what we do with Jesus and the things God has entrusted to us.  Solomon asks the important question we all need to ask – what will happen to me after I die?  Do you know the answer for your life?  If not, it’s high time to figure it out!

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