In this post and the next two, maybe three, we’re going to look at the book of Ecclesiastes. King Solomon, the author, gives us some impacting reasons to live like we’re just pilgrims.
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Here we go.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 NASB
OK, Solomon, you’re not starting off on a very encouraging note. I was kind of hoping for a word of wisdom that was more on the order of a boom! You’re starting out with a thud.
What is vanity? That word can be translated “meaningless”. Solomon begins by saying everything is meaningless? Really? Everything? Let’s continue.
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Ecc 1:3 NLT
Let’s see. A house? A car? Other stuff? Don’t we get those things for all our hard work?
In the next few verses Solomon describes the circle of life. Sorry, Elton John, the Bible beat you to it. Then Solomon makes another thud statement.
I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. Ecc 1:12-13 NLT
A tragic existence to the human race? God dealt that? Solomon, I’m losing readers here. Can’t you come up with something positive? Solomon was looking for something positive. So he started on a quest.
So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. Ecc 1:17 NLT
I guess we might as well turn the lights out. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived excluding Jesus, concluded we are all just chasing the wind. That’s it. Good night.
But wait. Surely there’s more to this than that somber ending. Is everything we do just chasing the wind? Everything?
Spoiler alert. Not everything we do is just chasing the wind. But for our own spiritual growth as Christians we need to understand what is chasing the wind and what isn’t. We need to take the time to accompany Solomon on his journey and consider his findings.
I’m just a pilgrim. One day I’ll die. My final destination is heaven. That’s my real home.
Am I spending my time here on meaningful or meaningless endeavors? Solomon is going to help me find the answer to that question. It’s an answer I need to know. You need to know that answer. You, too, are just a pilgrim.
This post is from my latest series that I call “Just Pilgrims”. Click on the tab on the menu bar to read other posts in this series.