Over the last few days, we’ve spent a significant amount of time talking about Mike Posner
and his search for meaning, Jim Carrey
and his lack of contentment, and Pink Floyd
and their understanding of time. Yet in the midst of all of these conversations, God has been absent
. This is also the case with the passages that we have read from the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon is leaving God’s role out of his understanding of meaning, contentment, and time.
But where the other three stop without including God in the picture, Solomon takes it a step further and places God in the story.
Yet, we have a one-up on Solomon. . . . We know the redemptive work of Christ! Where Solomon saw only a few proverbial “trees” in his relationship with God, we have the ability to see the full “forest.” If Solomon knew what we know today, would he have pursued his passions, desires, wisdom, and time differently?
Solomon spent a significant amount of time in the book of Ecclesiastes talking through the idea of hebel and how everything we do is in vain. But when we come to the conclusion of the book, Solomon speaks on the things we must do to bring it all together and to fight against this hebel. He states:
"The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
When we talk about the Gospel, we are filled with the idea that God is love and through His sacrifice we find reconciliation with Him and His creation. When we align our actions and perspective with that of Christ, we experience a greater sense of meaning, contentment, and even time.
This alignment creates a change in lifestyle that promotes a true sense of purpose and belonging. Tim Keller puts it this way:
"The Gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time, we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dare hope."
Identify a time when you have felt purpose, meaning, and contentment because of your understanding of Christ’s redemptive work. Now ask God to bring to light areas of your life where you are not yet living out the good news that the Gospel offers.