Ecclesiastes: Life Under the Sun
Some folks have to touch a stove to learn it’s hot; however, if we take the time to really listen and connect to the wisdom of Solomon, we can learn a great deal without touch the stove ourselves. Then we can be the people who learn by listening and understanding the wisdom of others and grow in life towards true happiness.
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, what profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
Understanding Solomon’s Words
Solomon was the wisest man to have ever lived. Through his teachings in Ecclesiastes, we are taken through Solomon’s pursuit of happiness “under the sun,” not with God and conclusions that occurred because of the decision and journey. If we take the time to truly understand the wisdom of Solomon through Ecclesiastes, we can take the steps to move closer to God, learn in life and continue on a path of happiness without ever having to burn ourselves first.
Discovering a path to happiness is nothing new, as the Declaration of Independence puts it,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Understanding that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are God-given rights, Solomon was able to speak wisdom and guide us through his words in Ecclesiastes. He gives us a first-hand account that life apart from God is void of purpose and perpetually full of great disappointment.
Vanity is defined as, “the quality of being worthless or futile.” The word “vanity” is incorporated 37 times throughout Ecclesiastes. Through our understanding of Solomon’s journeys and teachings, we see that “under the sun” or leading life “under the sun” depicts a journey without God. This phrase appears 28 times within Solomon’s words. If we break that teaching further down, we can see that a life under the sun (without God) equates to vanity (useless).
Utilizing the time we are given matters. To everything, there is a season; a time for every purpose heaven. What is your purpose? What are your goals? How will you pursue those goals, that purpose? When will you do it- this week, this semester, this year?
It is your decision on what to do with the time you are given. Take the time, decide and pursue a life of happiness.