Remember the 1960’s jingle, “Ford has a better idea”? Truth is, we all have a better idea, and that is the point of Ecclesiastes. We all want to eat, drink, and be merry (Ecclesiastes 2:24, sort of), and we think we know how. Actually, we do know how, and there in is the problem. We eat and drink and work and play to fill a void and find meaning, and it is a poor substitute for what God has in store for us. It is meaninglessness. It is vanity; “vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). And it is not beautiful, which is what God has in mind.
We live for the moment, for the immediate, life “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:3), life without regard for God; yet God has put eternity in our heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God has established a time for everything; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, build up, weep, laugh, mourn, dance, cast away stones and gather them again; a time to embrace and refrain, seek and lose, keep and cast away; to tear, to sew, to keep silence, to speak, to love, to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:2-8).
And “he has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11), not ours. Perhaps the most difficult, but the most vital of all of God’s commands, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).
My God, I desire to live a life not focused on pleasure, but on purpose; not for now, but for forever. God, thank You for placing eternity in my heart, for creating me in Your image with Your delights and Your desires. May I always live for You.
Teach me patience and endurance, to wait on Your plans, to endure hardship and suffering, and to discover Your joy and the beauty of Your ways.