"What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?" - Ecclesiastes 1:3

What is the practical application of this book for us today? Is Ecclesiastes nothing but an interesting exhibit in a religious museum, or does it have a message for people in the 21st century?

I believe that its message is for today. After all, the society that Solomon investigated a millennium before the birth of Christ was not too different from our world today. Solomon saw injustice to the poor, crooked politics, incompetent leaders, guilty people allowed to commit more crime, materialism, and a desire for the good old days. It sounds up-to-date, does it not?

If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then this book urges you to do so without delay. Why? Because no matter how much wealth, education, power or prestige you may have, life without God is futile. You are only "chasing after the wind" if you expect to find satisfaction and personal fulfillment in the things of this world. "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" asked Jesus in Mark 8:36.

Solomon experimented with life and discovered that there was no lasting satisfaction in possessions, pleasures, power, or prestige. He had everything, yet his life was empty! There is no need for you and me to repeat these experiments. Let's accept Solomon's conclusions and avoid the heartache and pain that must be endured when we experiment in the laboratory of life.

Father I am ready to let go of my futile power in this world and let You rule over my life fully. Help me not to play tug-o-war with You, when it comes to power. I know that You alone are Lord and God. Help me to live that out each and every day! Amen.
Oct 1 2018