“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
“God has set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
The book of Ecclesiastes begins with a feeling of despair – “Is this all that there is? Is there nothing more than this?”
In Ecclesiastes 3:11 there’s a glimpse of something more – “God has set eternity in the human heart.” This brings to mind another question – “How can life be meaningless when God has set eternity in the human heart?”
As we move to the final chapter of Ecclesiastes – we find ourselves threatened by the feeling of despair: “It’s all trouble – trouble – trouble … : nothing but trouble!” There is also something else. There is hope – the hope of rising above the feeling of despair: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come.”
Let us pray that – in our time of testing – we will receive strength from the Lord – to remember the Lord – to remember that he remembers us.