July 22, 2020·Abby PreJean
“Everything is meaningless,” found in Ecclesiastes 1:2, is an interesting statement, written by a guy who had 700 wives and 300 concubines. According to ancient and modern sensibilities, you would think King Solomon (who wrote this book in his later years, we’re pretty sure) would be living the dream with his harem by his side. Houses, vineyards, fame, ladies, riches, jewels.
But alas, it’s all nothing. It’s all vapor. Smoke and mirrors.
As we swan dive into Ecclesiastes, the author gives critical insight to his bold statements, as he reveals that our striving for riches, fame, honor, and even wisdom are worthless pursuits apart from God (Ecclesiastes 3:9-15). BUT, we can and should enjoy what we work for (Ecclesiastes 3:13).
Whenever I need a reality check about the things that really matter, I look to the wisdom of these scriptures.
Enjoy the fruit of your labor.
But remember to not hold it all too close.
Obeying and revering God is the only thing that matters.
The secret blessing of the stay-at-home order is the gift of reflection. We’re all performing the juggling act together. Student, homeschool teacher, caregiver, employer, employee. The list of roles we play, along with life’s regular roles and demands, can seem daunting and exhausting.
I’m here to tell you that it’s daunting and exhausting! But instead of taking the scriptures in Ecclesiastes as a “give up and neglect everything, because it’s all worthless,” let’s shift our perspective.
What are you in charge of stewarding in your life? As my dad would say, “we don’t own anything, but we get to manage everything.” What do you need to prioritize today that you are currently stewarding? Read Ecclesiastes, start fresh today, keep God first, and enjoy the rest.
Pastor Abby PreJean