“’Meaningless, meaningless!’ says the Teacher, ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.” (Ecc. 2—4 NIV) Solomon, by normal standards considered the wisest man who ever walked the earth; a man who was richest beyond what we could imagine and had military power and influence that made nations quake, at the end of his life gave us his an eye opening revelation to an answer to a question that all of us have in some form…“What is the meaning of life?”
Many of us have seen a snippet of a man who after climbing a huge treacherous snowcapped mountain for days, and after reaching the top he finds the one man that he seeks. The man is an old monk like figure with a long grey beard sitting in a lotus position and the climber finally asks the old wise man the question, “what is the meaning of life?” The climber receives an answer that appears to be so simple that he is dumbfounded and wonders to himself, “You mean I came all this way for this?”
From the day that we’re born society tells us grow up and get the things that Solomon had, wealth, power, influence, popularity, love, and all of the things that we want. The way to this may take different routes but our destinations are all the same. The purpose is that we want to be somebody that everyone else will revere, and we believe that having all of these things will get us there. However, there are so many stories of those who have most if not all of these things and their reactions are oddly similar. They are miserable and admittedly so. Why, because the thing that they sought that would give them their purpose and meaning thereby their happiness and fulfillment would not be in those things.
Even when we look around us and see the things that we thought that we wanted we can see that they can or will change over time. The nice homes with the nice green lawns, the nicely painted buildings, the shiny new vehicles, the bright new clothing, the great tasting food will all decayed over time. The ones that we love with their beautiful bodies along with our own all change and they fail over time and our bodies all end up back to ashes. The businesses and projects that we’ve started along with their great success from all of the time, sweat and toil that we’ve put into them, they always will end up into the hands of someone else who will do with it as they wish.
So when it’s all said and done, and our health and good looks are no longer what it once was and we realize that our future on this earth will no longer include us because its’ simply outside of our control; and in looking back over our lives will it reflect that we’ve understood and lived our lives to the fullest according to its truest meaning? The wisest man in the world at the end of his life gave us his answer.
“Fear [reverence and worship] God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecc. 12:13, 14) NIV
To put it plainly, we were created for the purpose and the pleasure of our creator, just as a piece of art was created by its creator. The creation is not greater than its creator neither does it deny its creator’s existence nor deny its own purpose given by its creator. So therefore, to fulfill your meaningful purpose in this life, seek your creator.