How to live life-by King Solomon
For the longest time since I fell ill, I really wondered what is God’s purpose in putting me on earth and really, what exactly should I do in my life. After being reconnected back to Ecclesiastes, I felt that all my questions were answered by the wisest King Solomon who tried everything on earth so as to find fulfillment.
Many people think that Ecclesiastes is a little odd because Solomon keeps saying that everything is meaningless; which is true because all of us have a common destiny: death. Regardless of what you do on earth, whether you are evil or righteous, you end in death. So if everything is meaningless, then what do we do in our lives and why do we even bother being good people on earth? Or at least trying to be good people?
The answers about what we should do in our lives:
24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.~Ecc 2: 24-26
9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. ~Ecc 3
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?~Ecc 3
18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.~Ecc 5: 18-20
14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.~Ecc 8:14-15
—-You may wonder, if King Solomon tells us to enjoy our life, then you wonder, wouldn’t give you more incentive to be a bad person to take advantage of other people so as to enjoy more wealth etc?
1 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him. 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, [a] the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
As it is with the good man,
so with the sinner;
as it is with those who take oaths,
so with those who are afraid to take them.
3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all.- Ecc 9
King Solomon’s conclusion?
7 Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years a man may live,
let him enjoy them all.
But let him remember the days of darkness,
for they will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.
9 Be happy, young man, while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you to judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.-Ecc 11
1 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”
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.-Ecc 12
Enjoy your life for God has given to you. Whatever gifts he has given to you; enjoy it. Remember that that as good times come, bad times will also come. When the bad times come, remember that God gave you the good times as well. Because He gave you life, enjoy your lot. Work on something you LIKE, for that is your lot. Enjoy your life while always striving to do good because ultimately when you die, it is God who is going to judge your deeds on earth.
Beautiful piece of work, Solomon.