FILLING A HOLE THAT IS NEVER FULL
Ecclesiastes is a book about “life in the raw.”
It drips with humanity.
FUTILITY AND FRUSTRATION
In Ecclesiastes 1:1-7, Solomon senses
that life is meaningless, empty, absurd,
vain and futile. As he seeks to find
meaning, his view is only horizontal and
his outlook on life has become baked
and dried under the searing, sweltering
sun.
THE QUESTION OF FUTILITY
Solomon’s question “What do people
gain from all their labors at which they
toil under the sun?” (Ecc 1:3) causes
him to be introspective about several
activities:
• The course of life (Ecc 1:4).
Generations come and go, but only
the earth remains. Futility.
• The circle of the sun (Ecc 1:5). It
rises and sets and rises and sets again.
Solomon determines that life is
monotonous and boring. It’s the
same thing every day to the point of
exhaustion.
• The circuit of the winds (Ecc 1:6).
Any way you go -- north, south, east
or west, life is absurd.
• The cycle of water (Ecc 1:7).
Rivers just flow and flow. Waves
crash on shore. Nothing changes, it’s
the same thing over and over.
Meaning is a mirage.
FILLING THE HOLE
If our emptiness is to be filled, it must
be found through something outside
ourselves. Most people simply exist, so
few live. They spend their lives not
living, just “waiting” for something to
happen. Oliver Wendell Holmes said,
“Death plucks my ears and says ‘live, I
am coming.’”

What are you living for? If you
have been raised up with Christ, keep
seeking things above because you have
died and your life is hidden in Christ.
(Colossians 3:1-3) Life is not absurd.
Set your mind on things above and find
meaning, hope and calmness in Christ.
(Copyright © 2011 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.)