Solomon knew all too well what it meant to have everything and at the same time have nothing. He also understood that everything under the heavens has its own season. As he writes through Ecclesiastes, he reflects on his pursuit of earthly happiness that left him completely separate from eternal joy in the Father. He repeats several key phrases like, “this is meaningless” and “a chasing after the wind.” Among riches and pleasures that were too vast to measure, Solomon discovered they meant nothing apart from honoring and fearing the Creator by keeping His commandments.
In chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, we see the brilliance of the omniscience of God (Omniscience means that God is all-knowing). Solomon himself experienced different seasons that molded his concluding view of life and purpose. Although our lives are equally full of changes and a variety of seasons, because of the unfathomable wisdom of God, they all have their place. It is not necessarily our required motive to explain every happening, “for no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Amidst confusion and mortal pondering, we have absolute confidence that “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
How incredibly comforting is that? In this life, we have happiness, pleasure, and abundance. We also have war, death, and famine. All in their right time. Our confidence is not in the wisdom of our worldly minds that weave and architect a preconceived outcome, but in the supreme Author of all things whose wisdom is beyond all comparison and transcends mortal intelligence. Through seasons of life, high and low, we rest in the Word of God who has shown us His majesty and perfection through His providence and guidance.
In the closing of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says, “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments.” For those who please God, He promises to give wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. As you move through various seasons of life, expected and unexpected, fear God and obey His Word. The desire of the Father is for us to rest in His sovereignty and divine wisdom, for all pleasure and all wisdom apart from Him is meaningless and a chasing after the wind.
You can read all of Ecclesiastes here.